The Literacy Program is an Adult Basic Education Program where interested, formerly homeless and currently disabled Detroit Central City (DCC) clients are trained and certified to tutor other clients. Functional illiteracy is the inability of an individual to use reading, speaking, writing, and computational skills in everyday life situations. Fifty percent of DCC clients have not completed high school.
All Detroit Central City clients age 21 or older, who want to participate, are eligible. The client must be eligible for services funded through the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency.
This program provides basic to more advanced elementary math and English skills for students seeking High School education, or GED preparation. Upon entry into the program, all students are tested using the Slosson Assessment Tool. This test determines if the student begins at level 1(0-3rd grade), level 2 (4-6th), level 3 (7-9th) or level 4 (10-12th). After participating in the program for at least three months, students are re-assessed to determine if their skill level has increased. The goal for students is to improve reading, writing, and math skills to prepare for GED and higher educational opportunities. The goal for the program is to enhance educational levels so that at least eight students per year can apply for GED and/or other higher educational opportunities. DCC clients are trained, certified & paid to function as tutors.