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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 Sharp Dressed Man (Baltimore) for fitting Career Skills Academy participants for new suits today! Pictured here is Elisa Wells of Sharp Dressed Man & SBLC Learner Jacob Eya. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Teacher Tuesday! Check out the quote from our own Ralph Gallman below.It’s Teacher Tuesday! Today, we celebrate the over 1,000 amazing teachers who serve students in adult literacy programs across Maryland. Teachers work side-by-side with adult learners to encourage their efforts, support their progress, and guide their literacy goals. As allies in education, teachers better equip students with the tools to build and open doors to brighter futures. To all Maryland adult literacy instructors, we appreciate all that you do. Thank you for sharing your gifts with your students and your communities! #AEFLWeek ... See MoreSee Less

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