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Mission

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 25th 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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Just two days until fall session starts at SBLC! Tell us what you hope to accomplish in your classes this year. ... See MoreSee Less

On 9/11, nine of our learners and two of our staff members had the opportunity to go on the Tubman City News' bus trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition to visiting the museum, SBLC learners who attended the field trip were able to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial too! ... See MoreSee Less

Are you or anyone you know interested in earning your high school diploma? Sign up for placement testing at our Park Heights facility! Call 410-625-4215 today! ... See MoreSee Less