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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 29th 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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Would you like to visit Paris?

Would you like to visit Paris for just $50?

If you answered “Yes”, then you don’t want to miss this year’s La Ville Lumière, “Paris, City of Light!” Raffle Showcase at the SBLC Annual Gala!

Here’s what the winner will get:

Discover the Paris that only a Parisian could know. Book a flight for two using a $2,000 AMEX gift card for a week-long stay in a charming Paris flat within walking distance of the Notre Dame de Paris and the Louvre. Or, stroll through the Tuileries Garden or down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. This amazing trip includes a bike tour and food tasting at local French markets.

Raffle tickets are $50 per ticket or you can buy 3 tickets for only $100. How amazing is that? Here’s the kicker- you don’t even have to attend the gala to win!
Purchase tickets today: bit.ly/SBLCGala2019

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Ellicott Dredges shines bright! SBLC is thankful for their continued support and commitment to our adult learners, and the city of Baltimore.

Don't miss this year's annual fundraising gala event, as we honor "The Stars Among Us!" Purchase your event and raffle tickets today!

Tickets available now bit.ly/SBLCGala2019
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The stars are continuing to align, and we thank SIG for being a bright star in our constellation!

Join SIG and SBLC at this year's annual fundraising gala, as we celebrate "The Stars Among Us!" Event and raffle tickets are on sale now.

Tickets available now bit.ly/SBLCGala2019
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