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Seeds Of Literacy
Last updated on April 2, 2015

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Seeds of Literacy provides personalized education that empowers adults to succeed in their communities.

We will continue to deliver the highest quality education that inspires a love of learning. We shall endeavor to provide a well-resourced and diverse program with a widespread reach. We will be instrumental in breaking the cycle of poverty by strengthening our community through the transformed lives of our students.

Description:
Seeds of Literacy brings together people of diverse backgrounds in order to help break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy.

Since 1997, Seeds of Literacy has provided free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults in Cuyahoga County. A unique curriculum designed and developed by Seeds of Literacy and one-to-one tutoring optimize learning by building relationships of trust between the student and the tutor. Since this approach allows each student to work at her or his own pace and academic level while receiving personal attention and encouragement, students of all academic levels may be able to participate in the program.

Seeds has student retention and graduation rates that are twice the national average, is the only adult literacy program in the county to be nationally accredited by ProLiteracy, and is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information, please call 216.661.7950 or visit our website at www.seedsofliteracy.org.

Seeds of Literacy:

  • is free to students
  • has year-round, open enrollment
  • offers a flexible class schedule
  • provides one-to-one tutoring for maximum learning
  • offers additional training in computer skills and career planning
  • has over 200 active volunteer tutors in 2013
  • serves more than 1,000 adult students annually
  • is the recipient of the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for outstanding service to the community
  • is accredited by ProLiteracy, part of the largest adult literacy organization worldwide

We have two locations to serve our community:

West Side -
3104 W. 25th Street, 3rd Floor
(corner of W. 25th & Clark Ave.)
Cleveland, OH 44109

NEW East Side -
13815 Kinsman Road
(corner of Kinsman & E. 139th)
Cleveland, OH 44120

History:
In 1997, the Congregation of St. Joseph honored its 125 years of service to the Diocese of Cleveland by providing start-up funds to an organization that incorporated its ministry: Seeds of Literacy. Seeds was designed to be a free and easily accessible adult literacy program offered to residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Seeds recruited volunteers to tutor students, and developed volunteer tutor-training sessions, materials and supplies. The one-to-one, individualized curriculum developed by Seeds helped build relationships of trust between tutors and students, and accommodated students at all levels of academic achievement.

In 2005, Seeds underwent significant organizational changes. In addition to receiving national accreditation from ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy organization in the world, we also became a separate 501(c)3 organization, changing the board of directors structure from an advisory to a governing board.

In 2013, Seeds of Literacy received the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for our work to inform the community about crucial GED test changes and to adapt our program to meet the new GED standards. The Award is given by the Center for Community Solutions for outstanding community service, and carries with it a $20,000 prize.

Today, Seeds is serving over 1,000 active students with the help of approximately 200 volunteer tutors. We offer weekly open enrollment, year-round classes, and a customized digital literacy curriculum. In addition, we provide students supplementary opportunities such as job fairs, career planning, and assistance with exploring options for higher education.


Contact people:
 Alexandria Marshall, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Bonnie Entler, Executive Director, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (216) 661-7950
Office fax number: (216) 661-7952

Address:
 3104 West 25th Street
3rd Floor

Cleveland, OH 44109
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.seedsofliteracy.org

Directions:

 Seeds is located on the southwest corner of West 25th Street and Clark Avenue, above the US Bank branch. Parking is available in the lot on the south side of the building, which may be accessed from Clark Avenue.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: West 25th Street/Market,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 20
  Nearest Bus Stop: 35, 81, 807, 23, 20A, 1 minute walk
Last updated on April 2, 2015

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