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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 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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SBLC is still looking for an AmeriCorps Member to serve as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator! Click here for more information: southbaltimorelearns.org/wp-content/uploads/Volunteer-Maryland-Position_SBLC.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

We have amazing organizations in the Baltimore, Maryland area who are searching for AmeriCorps Members to serve as Volunteer Coordinators and only a little bit more time left to accept applications! 🤗---> goo.gl/Y19bm8 Senior Legal Services Comprehensive Housing Assistance CHAI, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation South Baltimore Learning Center St. Francis Neighborhood Center, The Seed School Of Maryland, and The Colleen Perkins-Bailey Project for Kidney Disease Awareness Carrie Murray Nature Center Baltimore Recnparks #serviceyear #volunteerMD #impactyear #yeartoserve

Today, SBLC says goodbye to Dana Marron, our Marketing and Development Director. Dana has been an invaluable member of our team for the past 2 years and we are very sad to see her go. She will be dearly missed, but we wish her all of the best in her future endeavors! ... See MoreSee Less