A Novel Event Benefiting Washington Literacy Center

The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) welcomed the Honorable James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Assistant Democratic Leader in the 114th Congress, as the keynote speaker for A Novel Event: A Fundraiser for the Washington Literacy Center last Thursday at the Homer Building downtown. As guests enjoyed light bites and an open bar, A Novel Event also recognized Busboys & Poets founder Mr. Anas “Andy” Shallal and Mr. W. Christopher Smith as Workforce Champions. Mr. Shallal and Mr. Smith were honored for their efforts to improve education and employment skills for District of Columbia adults. Ad2DC also received the 2015 Community Partner Award for their pro bono work to create a marketing campaign for the WLC.

A Novel Event was emceed by Ms. Andrea Roane, WUSA Channel 9 Morning Anchor. Ms. Roane was named a “leader & trailblazer deserving of recognition” by the ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership’s Greater Washington Network.This year the WLC recognized its inaugural Student Leadership Class honoring WLC adult learners who are making significant gains in their basic skills and serving as mentors and role models for their fellow program participants. The event was sponsored by the Center for Audit Quality, Bloomberg, JGC, Pepco, NAB, and WTOP.

The WLC also introduced the newly formed Junior Council, which will ramp up fundraising efforts among young professionals in the District looking to dedicate their resources to this important cause affecting the city.

The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) has been providing direct literacy instruction since 1963. The WLC began as an all-volunteer organization based on the “each one teach one” philosophy of literacy pioneer Frank Laubach. Today, the WLC has evolved into a dynamic nonprofit where professional staff, paid and unpaid instructors, and volunteer tutors work together to improve adult basic reading skills so that all District of Columbia adults can meet their goals and function better on the job, in their families, and in society.

The mission of the Washington Literacy Center, Inc., is to raise the literacy level of adults in Washington, DC, such that they may function on the job, in the family and in society.

WLC is committed to innovation and excellence for our students through:

  • Finding and implementing best practices for teaching basic literacy to adults;
  • Recruiting, motivating and retaining the staff and volunteers who carry out this work;
  • Enabling our students to enhance their life experiences and reach personal development goals; and
  • Educating decision-makers and raising public awareness of literacy efforts to benefit adult learners and their families.
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