The Literacy Program

Assisting adult learners to achieve their full potential


Literacy Changes Lives……

I gained the confidence that I needed for years to pronounce English. Now I don’t have to worry to answer the phone, to buy groceries, to ride the bus, to talk with my neighbor, to resolve the simple things of life. The program completely changed my life, and my family’s life.” – Charo


Literacy Facts | Program Goals | Achievements | 2012-13 Budget | VOLUNTEER

Every week someone walks into our office or calls the Literacy Program to ask about learning English. Some want to get a job, some want to advance in their job, some want to be able to talk with their child’s teachers. These motivated adults are waiting for you to call and become their tutor.

Tutors impart more than English. They have a wealth of information about how life works here in Santa Cruz County. They assist students in gaining the basic skills to go shopping, follow directions and they explain how people act socially and at work. In addition, our tutors provide the basic training for students to further their education and to obtain citizenship.

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Change the lives of English Language learners. Join us for a short orientation to learn about the extensive training we provide for new tutors in the winter, spring and fall.


Need to fill out an application, report your hours, or grab a few of our online resources?

Visit the tutor resources page.


Everyone has the desire to effectively communicate. Your donation gives us the resource to instill confidence and empower our students as engaged citizens.



Literacy Program—Main Office
1740 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5077 | Fax: 831-423-6267 | E-mail:

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, 9-5; Wednesday, 9-6; non-furlough Fridays, 9-5 (call to check dates)

Literacy Program—Watsonville Office
12 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-6708

Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and by appointment (call 427-5077 for appointment)