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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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Happy Monday, friends! We’re thrilled to be able to welcome volunteers back in person, and we could use some help. Take a look at our volunteer opportunities and make plans to join us here at SBLC: southbaltimorelearns.org/support-us/volunteer/ ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago  ·  

It’s Flashback Friday, and we are looking back to just a couple months ago when we celebrated some 2021 graduates, Kelshare'e and Christen, along with their families. Miles of smiles 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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