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The Virginia Literacy Foundation (VLF) promotes a lifespan of literacy services from pre-K through adulthood so that Virginians can acquire the literacy skills they need to succeed as learners, citizens, parents, and workers.

Phone: 804 – 237 – 8909

Fax: 804 – 237 – 8901

Email: vlilv@earthlink.net

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Patti Donnelly (Board); Mark Emblidge, Ph.D. (Founding Director); Elizabeth Creamer, Workforce and Career Pathways Director for Virginia’s Community Colleges; Joan Peterson, Award Recipient; and Troilen Seward, Board Treasurer.

When the Foundation was established in 1987 by Jeannie P. Baliles, Virginia’s First Lady, 34 adult literacy organizations across Virginia served approximately 1,400 adult literacy students, with a similar number of tutors. Between 1987 and 1995, the number of private volunteer literacy groups increased from 34 to 74, and the number of volunteer tutors rose from approximately 1,400 to 4,523. The number of adult students these programs served had increased by 290%. Today, more than 100 community-based and faith-based literacy organizations serve over 10,000 under-educated adults across the Commonwealth. Since its inception, the Foundation, run by executive director Mark Emblidge, has provided many of these literacy organizations with grants totaling nearly $4.0 million.

In 2002, the Virginia Literacy Foundation formed a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University to create The Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University, which responds to the dual needs to provide sound research and to affect public policy. To that end, The Literacy Institute includes representatives from VCU’s School of Education, Center for Public Policy, and the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center.

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