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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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Join SBLC Learning Works on Saturday, April 13th at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel as we celebrate The Stars Among Us!

Again, this year M&T Bank is our Lead Sponsor.
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The France-Merrick Foundation has awarded SBLC a capital grant for $150,000 for enhancements to our historic building at 28 E. Ostend Street! We are overjoyed to have the foundation invest in our future as we continue our mission to make “learning work” for adult learners in Baltimore. Thank you France-Merrick for supporting our work! ... See MoreSee Less

There are so many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving season, a high school diploma is one! SBLC is NOW ENROLLING for our Winter classes, call today to register for a placement test; AM, PM, and Saturday classes are available. Classes begin in January. ... See MoreSee Less