Why Literacy?

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is committed to ending cycles of inter-generational illiteracy
by improving adult literacy skills and generating community-wide literacy awareness. 


We believe that every person has the right to the options and opportunities that literacy provides! 

What is literacy? 
Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.

What does it mean to be illiterate? Literacy is more than knowing how to read.
In the strict sense, an individual who is illiterate cannot read or write simple sentences in any language. However, many more people may be functionally illiterate, meaning their reading and writing skills are inadequate to manage daily living and employment tasks. Across the country, 25-28% of all adults are classified as marginally illiterate. Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States.

How does literacy affect me?
We all have friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors struggling with illiteracy - even if we don't know it. 

Fort Bend County was reported with a 24% rate of illiteracy, compared to Harris County at 21% and a Texas state average of 19% 

3.3 million adult Texans are unable to fill out a job application.

Nationally, Texas ranks 47th among the 50 states in terms of literacy.

Adult literacy costs the State of Texas $17 billion annually.

Click here to learn more about the potential for literacy rates among Texans,
prepared by the U.S. Department of Education. 

How can I be a part of the solution?
Every volunteer tutor contributes a positive difference in the the lives of their students.  Since 1987, the Literacy Council has trained 2,842 tutors to service over 24,000 students! The need for LCFBC services continues to increase as our community grows and changes. 

You can make a difference! 
Our programs are made possible by support from individuals, service groups, foundations, and corporations. A donation of just $380 provides a year of support material for one student and his or her tutor. A donation of $1,000 supports four students for a year.