About Us

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that teaches adult Americans to read and teaches adult immigrants the English language. Additionally, we provide classes to adults that improve writing skills and prepare learners for their high school equivalency or citizenship tests. Each year the NALC serves more than 1,700 adult learners, works with over 600 dedicated volunteer tutors, and conducts 30 classes in our community.


The Nashville Adult Literacy Council helps adults to improve their reading and English skills, thereby improving our community. Currently one in eight Nashville adults is unable to read. The NALC is essential to the educational gains of adults across Nashville and will help build a community of adults empowered through literacy.  


Since opening our doors in 1982, the NALC has trained thousands of volunteers who have taught thousands of adults to read and succeed. We have received eight national awards and two regional awards for outstanding program, staff dedication, and student achievement, including having been selected as a model of best practices for dealing with a waiting list, and receiving an Innovation in Action Award for volunteerism. The dedication of our volunteers is the backbone of our program.

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