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. We have a citizenship preparation education program to help permanent residents – representing over 70 nationalities – achieve their goal of U.S. Citizenship. 


Literacy Action is committed to helping adult learners overcome the barriers that may prevent them from achieving their goals. Admissions counselors work with students to provide transportation assistance, referrals for childcare, and even access to a mobile vision clinic for free eye exams.

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The Digital Literacy program empowers adults to utilize technology as a tool to self-sufficiency. Adult learners are taught to become active participants in the digital age by acquiring skills such as accessing email, using word processing software, applying for jobs online, or navigating a smart phone.


CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CHANGING LIVES! On behalf of our students, staff, board, and volunteers, thank you from the bottom… Read More

New Location for English Classes!

New Location for English Classes! Literacy Action will offer Basic & Advanced English classes at Goodwill Career and Donation Center… Read More


LITERACY ACTION SELECTED AS DRAGON CON 2018 OFFICIAL CHARITY  ATLANTA – February 21, 2018 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known… 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.