Our Impact On The Community
For 50 years, Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) has provided opportunities for adults of all income and literacy levels to achieve self-sufficiency through education. Over the years, our programs have touched the lives of tens of thousands of Greenville area adults and helped to make the most extreme forms of illiteracy rare. We are proud of this legacy and grateful to all the many GLA supporters and volunteers who played a part in it.
Today, GLA and the Greenville community face a new set of challenges. As most residents know, the economy of our area has changed dramatically in recent years, and many low-skilled adults have been left behind. According to 2013 Census estimates for Greenville County:
- 16,000 adults have less than a 9th grade education.
- 49,000 adults lack a high school diploma.
- 14,000 adults are not fluent in English.
In the past, many of these adults held well-paying manufacturing jobs, but today they are trapped in either joblessness or under-employment with poverty level wages. This has serious consequences not only for their own welfare and that of their families, but also for the health of our area’s economy. According to some estimates, low educational attainment costs the Greenville community as much as $759.5 million per year in local spending and tax revenues.
GLA is working every day to improve these statistics by providing quality, low-cost adult education to everyone who wants to learn. We are committed to making Greenville the kind of community where all adults have the skills to earn a living wage and support their families. Click on the link below to see how you can help.