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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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SBLC learners Shatira and Ronnie did an amazing job sharing their stories with a wonderful group of Baltimore Homecoming field trip attendees at the Cherry Hill Town Center. We were honored to be part of this exciting event highlighting so many great things going on all across the city. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Thank you, SBLC teachers, for the dedication, care, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness you provide through your work. We are grateful for you year-round, but want to send a big 'thank you' during Teacher Appreciation Week! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

SBLC will be on-site for the One Stop Reentry Fair this Wednesday, April 27, at the War Memorial building, located at 101 N. Gay Street. Check out the flyer for more information and if you attend the event, be sure to stop by our table to say hi! ... See MoreSee Less

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