IMPACT PARTNER AGENCIES

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ACCESS  (Dearborn and Detroit – Southwest)

ACCESS provides adult education through two program areas. Through its education department, ACCESS provides English as a Second Language (ESL) for women at ACCESS in southwest Detroit and at Priest Elementary, a public school in Detroit. ESL classes are supplemented with financial literacy and citizenship instruction. ACCESS also provides ESL, GED preparation, and workforce training programs in Dearborn for men and women through its workforce development department.

Founded in 1971 in Dearborn, ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) provides social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population through over 120 programs.

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Detroit Public Library  (Detroit –West, Oakman Blvd/Linwood)

The Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library offers the Technology, Literacy and Career Center on the west side of Detroit, by Focus Hope. Adult education programs include one-to-one tutoring and computer-based instruction for literacy and GED preparation, computer skills classes, resume assistance, and job searching / job leads.

Dominican Literacy Center  (Detroit – East, Connor/Warren)

The Dominican Literacy Center provides adult basic education, GED preparation and high school completion, English as a Second Language, and workforce readiness services for adults at its site in the Samaritan Center on Connor on the east side of Detroit. Academic instruction is provided primarily through one-to-one instruction as well as computer-based and small group instruction. The Dominican Literacy Center was founded in 1989 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters to provide adult literacy.

Focus: HOPE  (Detroit – West, Oakman Blvd/Linwood)

Focus: HOPE provides a Fast Track program to help adults with a high school diploma or GED advance two grade levels in a 9-week program to qualify for training programs and provides work readiness and job training programs. Focus: HOPE partners with the St. Vincent and Sara Fisher Center to offer GED preparation on-site and with the Parkman Branch Library (across the street) and the Harris Literacy Program (on-site) to provide adult basic education for Ready Set Go! Founded in 1968, Focus: HOPE provides services in three focus areas – food, careers, and community.

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Macomb Literacy Partners (Clinton Township / Macomb County wide)

Macomb Literacy Partners provides one-to-one literacy tutoring using volunteers, classroom instruction, English as a Second Language, and family literacy services to Macomb County residents. Services are provided at different locations in the county and on-site at Wayne State University’s Macomb Education Center in Clinton Township. Macomb Literacy Partners was founded in 1984 by the Suburban Library Cooperative and Utica Community Schools.

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Mercy Education Project  (Detroit – Southwest/Corktown, Fort/Trumbull)

Mercy Education Project provides adult basic education and GED preparation to women through a combination of classroom, tutoring and computer-based instruction and provides workforce readiness services at its site in Corktown, west of downtown Detroit. Founded in 1992 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Education Project also provides remedial tutoring and enrichment programs to girls from southwest Detroit.

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Oakland Literacy Council  (Bloomfield Hills – Oakland County wide)

Oakland Literacy Council provides one-to-one tutoring in reading for adults in Oakland County. Services are provided at libraries and other public spaces in Oakland County by volunteer tutors. OLC is currently seeking to add numeracy to its program services. Oakland Literacy Council was founded in 1984 as a pilot program as an extension of libraries.

St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center  (Detroit –5 locations)

St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF) provides GED preparation, including pre-GED programs for adults through one-to-one and small group tutoring and workforce readiness classes by volunteer and paid tutors. SVSF provides services at its main campus on the northwest side of Detroit (adjacent to Siena Literacy Center) and embedded in other nonprofit agencies at 4 other locations: Downtown, Eastside, Midtown, and Central campuses. SVSF was founded as an orphanage more than 150 years ago and changed its mission in 2006 to focus on literacy for adults and children.

Siena Literacy Center  (Detroit – Northwest, W. McNichols/Grand River)

Siena Literacy Center provides adult basic education and English as a Second Language through one-to-one tutoring using volunteers and computer-based instruction at its center on the northwest side of Detroit (adjacent to SVSF). Most learners read below the 6th grade reading level. Siena also provides tutoring for learners at Detroit Public Schools Adult Education west Campus. Siena Literacy Center was founded in 1995 by the Dominican Sisters.

Southwest Economic Solutions  (Detroit – Southwest, W. Vernor)

Southwest Economic Solutions provides adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Earn to Learn, financial literacy, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training for adults. SWES provides two computer-based adult learning labs, one focused on GED preparation and the other focused on literacy, in southwest Detroit. The literacy lab is sponsored by the WSU Harris Literacy program. SWES is part of Southwest Solutions, a large human service agency founded in 1970 that provides mental health, housing, and early childhood services.

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