The Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF)

Founded in 1991, Centro Latino’s mission is to teach literacy and provide educational opportunities to those who have not had the benefit of an education, especially Latino immigrants.

Their goal is for the 2 million non-literate Spanish speakers in the U.S. to be able to learn to read and write. By doing so, they will have the opportunity to become proficient in Spanish and English; improve their quality of life; enjoy economic stability and improved self-esteem and confidence; participate actively in their communities; understand how to learn; and impact future generations by passing on a tradition of learning.

Description of Programs
Leamos™ (Let’s Read)
Is a simple and easy-to-use pre-ESL online literacy course that teaches non-literate Spanish-speaking adults to read and write. Consisting of 43 instructional modules, it has been used successfully by thousands of individuals, adult education programs, libraries and more.
The average course completion is 100 hours and includes downloadable workbooks and tutor guides. By learning on a computer, students overcome their fear of computers.

Listos (We’re Ready)
Functional literacy program teaches practical financial skills in Spanish to approximately 100 adults, ages 18+, who have basic reading and writing skills.

Topics their programs cover:

  • Opening a bank account
  • Checking and savings accounts
  • How to make deposits and withdrawals
  • Credit
  • Debit and credit cards
  • Math skills

This organization has helped lift more than 12,000 illiterate Hispanic adults in the city of Los Angeles.

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Centro Latino for Literacy
1709 West 8th Street
Suite A
Los Angeles , CA 90017

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