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Our History

Formed in 1971, we are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a proud United Way agency partner. Our volunteer tutors provide free, confidential and one-to-one tutoring to individuals aged 16 and older or within group settings at the request of local employers. We also provide family literacy tutoring upon request. More than 20% of our students are senior citizens. We are supported solely by individuals, businesses, foundations and the United Way. LSIRC receives no government funding.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in Indian River County struggles with completing a job application, reading a newspaper, reading to their children or helping them with schoolwork. We focus our mission on adult literacy because the most important indicator of a child’s academic success is the literacy skills of the child’s caregiver. Learning to read starts before birth – via the skills, language, vocabulary, and knowledge of the parents. To effectively address the literacy crisis in our school systems, the literacy skills of parents must first be improved.

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