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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.  SBLC is in its 29th 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. 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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THANK YOU to our wonderful SBLC teachers! Thank you for teaching through an unpredictable yearThank you for caring so deeply for SBLC learners Thank you for being creative.Thank you for engaging your students in new waysMost importantly, thank you for being teachers ... See MoreSee Less

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Ubaldo Jimenez was born in the Dominican Republic. At 16, he turned down a $20K signing bonus to continue HS. His senior year, he accepted a $50K signing bonus with the Rockies under the condition that he be allowed to finish HS before left for the US. Ubaldo was talking college courses while still being a professional baseball player making little more than league minimum most of his career. He had no idea that eventually the Orioles would offer him a $10 million/year contract.While with the Orioles, he became a US Citizen in 2016. He retired from baseball in 2020 and is now a recent college graduate. He knew that if he failed at baseball, he would have his education to fall back on. No matter how much money you make, it can all just end. You need something to fall back on such as a diploma, career certifications, or a degree. ... See MoreSee Less

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