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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. 30 years later, SBLC remains among only a few 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. 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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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Train Up Resource Fair this week! We were excited to welcome those looking to explore new, free career training programs and connect them with partner organizations. To see a list of Train Up partners, visit moed.baltimorecity.gov/train ... See MoreSee Less
We gathered last week to bid a fond farewell to Sidney Wilson, whose last day as Executive Director of SBLC | Learning Works was Friday. We thank Sid for his leadership, vision, dedication, and kindness during his time at the helm. It won't be a 'goodbye,' but rather a 'see ya later.' We wish you the best of luck in your next chapter, Sid! ... See MoreSee Less