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Our Mission

The mission of SBLC is to improve the self-sufficiency of educationally disadvantaged adults. SBLC is a community-based nonprofit organization providing functional literacy and life skills training, in addition to career preparation services, to residents in the Baltimore Area.  SBLC is in its 27th year of operation – an incredible milestone for a nonprofit – and is now one of only a few remaining community-based adult literacy organizations still in operation.

Meeting Baltimore’s Adult Literacy Needs

According to the 2014 American Community Survey in Baltimore:

  • There are over 90,000 residents (18 and older) without a high school diploma;
  • More than 34% of residents (25 and older) who did not graduate from high school are living in poverty; and
  • Individuals without a high school diploma earn on average $20,000, vs. $28,000 for a high school graduate, and $49,000 for a college graduate.

Moreover, in the Baltimore Region, the unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma is 20.4% compared to 11.1% for those with a diploma, and 3.1% with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher (Opportunity Collaborative 2014 Final Report: Barriers to Employment Opportunities in the Baltimore Region). The Report found that based on a survey of over 1,000 job seekers in Baltimore City and surrounding counties, 82% face at least 3 barriers to employment and 55% face six or more. Included among these barriers are low levels of literacy (14%), lack of basic math skills (30%), difficulties using technology (28%) and no high school diploma (13%).

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Happy SPRING 2 WORK, at SBLC!! This week, we started our spring session--learners were excited, teachers were prepared, and our amazing volunteers were ready to assist!!

In addition to the work we do daily, we look forward to this session's focus on exposing our learners to more workforce training & career opportunities.

Be sure to check our page often to follow our learners' progress, learn a bit more about our partners, and cheer on the success of barriers being removed, in our communities.

Thanks, for your continued support...YOU help make US, #SBLCSTRONG!!
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It is "Thankful Thursday" around these parts, so we are shouting out all of the sponsors, who made SBLC's 19th annual gala, a success!!! We are forever indebted for the continued support of all those listed...much like our restaurant partners, please check this list, and support these businesses--they are committed to community, and adult education....salute! #SBLCSTRONG ... See MoreSee Less