Adult Literacy Council
3800 Charco Rd. Beeville, TX 78102
The United Way of the Coastal Bend
The Joe Barnhardt Foundation
Coastal Bend Community Foundation
Giving the gift of literacy since 1987
Bee County Adult Literacy Council is an independent, non-profit agency comprised of lay and professional volunteers actively working together to combat illiteracy in their community.
BCALC identifies, develops and coordinates effective programs to combat illiteracy in Bee County and the surrounding area. The goals are:
To promote the importance of literacy through public awareness campaigns;
To assist with ongoing programs for adults with language deficiencies;
To develop tutor training programs; and
To obtain grant funding for expansion of existing programs.
The target population of the Bee County Adult Literacy Council is:
Non-readers of the English language;
Readers of the English language functioning below a fifth-grade level; and
Adults 17 years of age or older who are deficient in reading and writing skills.
Students are given the opportunity to learn how to read and write English through one-on-one student/teacher relationships at no cost to the students.
Volunteers from the community are trained where they must commit a minimum of one (1) or one and a half (1 ½) hours per week.
Students are identified and matched with tutors. Tutors and students meet at a mutual site for one
(1) hour or one and a half (1½) hours of study time
per week. Three hours of weekly class time is encouraged.
It is estimated that 50 hours of reading instruction is required for an average student to advance one grade level.
Bee County Adult Literacy Council asks tutors to commit at least six hours or more per month of their time to meet with their student. The program year begins in September and ends in June.