Who We are

Founded in a church basement, Literacy Action is now the oldest, largest, and leading adult basic education nonprofit in the Southeastern United States. Our mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching literacy, life and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential

Program Overview


Over 175 classes are offered to adults in three 15-week semesters at our main offices in downtown Atlanta and downtown Decatur. Students can enroll in various levels of reading and writing, mathematics, computer training, and GED preparatory classes.

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Three levels of English as well as conversation classes are available to adult learners from a variety of backgrounds. We also provide programming for refugee-serving organizations and local housing authorities. English classes are offered at 12 different locations throughout the metro area.


As a leader in adult literacy, we have a broad spectrum of opportunities for students to achieve regardless of their location, education, or goals. Our support extends beyond solely academics as we encourage and help foster workplace, workforce and family literacy.

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With support from Google, Literacy Action offers introductory and advanced computer classes. In addition, we have a digital literacy curriculum used with community partners. Literacy Action’s Digital Literacy Program links adults to technology and teaches them the skills needed to navigate daily life.


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Capturing Our ESOL Program

When Mila arrived in the U.S., she knew absolutely no English. This independent, professional, social woman found herself relying on… Read More

We Are The 2017 Managing For Excellence Winner!

We are excited to announce that The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has named Literacy Action as a recipient of… Read More

Meet Our Students
Mattie, 69

The day Mattie read about Literacy Action in the newspaper was a very good day for her. It was difficult to find the time to come but when she finally did, it was the beginning of many good days. Now that Mattie can see her reading and vocabulary improving, her self-esteem is through the roof. “I love myself more than ever.”

Donald, 31

There was only one reason Donald came to Literacy Action – “I wanted to get my GED to help me better myself for the future.” His biggest challenge was balancing working, school and transportation. He overcame however, and earned his GED. He is now in school seeking a degree in Criminal Justice.

Sarai, 24

Seeking to speak better English, Sarai was referred to Literacy Action because we were close to her. She has difficulty reading aloud but she believes that she will have more opportunities when she can speak better English. She will be happiest when she can give her son everything he needs for a better future.