Great Outcomes in Adult Literacy
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Chesterfield County, Va., VA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Libraries (Best in Category)
The Great Outcomes in Adult Literacy (GOAL) project is a collaboration between Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) and local non-profit The READ Center to provide assessments and one-on-one tutoring to low literate adults in Chesterfield County. As the primary adult literacy organization in Central Virginia, The READ Center pairs English-speaking students needing services with trained tutors. The partnership created by the GOAL project allows for residents to receive assessments and in-person tutoring by a CCPL librarian at any of the ten convenient library locations in Chesterfield County. The READ Center trains librarians, tracks student progress and conducts quarterly programs. The library provides materials for librarians, work time for tutoring, curriculum materials the student may take home and keep and priority use of safe spaces six days a week. Both agencies work together to recruit community volunteers and students and to promote the importance of reading. The partnership continues to strengthen as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.