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Recent projects include program improvement initiatives, such as the PluggedInVirginia Pathways project funded by the VLF and Angell Foundation, an online tutor training workshop funded by the VLF and Verizon, an annual conference, now in combination with VAACE (Virginia Adult and Continuing Education), and ExCell, and early language and literacy project funded by a variety of sources, including public schools in Virginia.

Click on each title below to learn more about VLF’s projects.



Read 2012 statistics below about poverty in the Richmond metropolitan  area: Click on this link to download the full PDF document.


 VLF/VAACE Joint Conference

The joint VLF/VAACE conference provides nonprofit  adult literacy program staff  with the  opportunity to learn  the  latest adult education  strategies alongside the  instructors and  staff of  public adult  education providers.  The conference strengthens partnerships and collaboration among regional groups, and provides individuals  with an opportunity to share learning and support each other.

Regular, relevant, and collaborative opportunities for PD help educators master strategies to identify and address the specific challenges of adult learners and tailor their instruction to a widely varying range of skills and life experiences.” – Sarah Cornelius,  Edmentum, 2016. Click here for the full article

PluggedInVA Pathways Project
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This two-year project (2014-2016) was paid for by  the Virginia Literacy Foundation,  the Virginia Adult Learning Resource  Center, and  the Paul  M. Angell Family Foundation The PluggedInVA Pathways curriculum  is designed for low literate adults who read at the  2-4th grade levels, and teaches the top soft skills identified by employers.

Download the  infographic below at  this link. Click here.


Adult Basic Literacy Training Workshop Online

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One of the major hurdles nonprofit literacy programs face is the turnover  of volunteer  trainers who  are experienced in teaching new tutors.  Rural programs especially face difficulties in finding enough  new tutor volunteers to  set up a workshop. This asynchronous online workshop, designed  by the Virginia Literacy Foundation and the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, and funded by the Verizon Foundation, has been used by programs across Virginia, as well as  Texas, California, Illinois, and the like. Over 10,000 individuals across the  U.S. have used all or a  portion of this workshop to hone their tutoring  skills.

 adults vs children

Teaching a Child vs.  Adult Graphic from Unit One