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Changing Lives Through Literacy 

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The Literacy Council of Alaska 

The Literacy Council of Alaska (LCA) was established in 1973 as a 100% volunteer organization serving the needs of our English language learning population.  LCA’s goal was to reduce illiteracy in the Fairbanks community.  During the first year, nine students received instruction from twelve community volunteers.  Since then we've expanded our programs to serve youth, teamed up with excellent community partners, and opened Fairbanks' only used bookstore- all to further our mission of changing lives through literacy. 


What We Do 

In 2021 our students achieved BIG!


Students graduated with a high school equivalency diploma


New English Language Learning students 


Pathways students attained a higher level of education 

What We Offer

Adult Education Program (GED and Basic Reading Skills)

We offer one on one tutoring for students interested in earning their high school equivalency diploma by taking the GED exam. In addition, we offer Adult Reading Classes as well as tutoring for digital literacy skills, college and career awareness, and help navigate barriers to employment and higher education. 


English Language Learners (ELL)

We offer in-person and virtual classes, as well as individual tutoring to meet our students language goals.  Our English classes are small and focused on helping adult learners improve their English language skills, and adjust to life in Alaska successfully.

Pathways Program

The Pathways Program assists participants in accomplishing education and career goals by aiding them in creating a personal plan to stay on track. We provide services for out-of-school youth, ages 16-24, that have at least one barrier relating to employment or education. Pathways assists young adults located in the interior of Alaska.

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Forget-Me-Not Books

When you donate to Forget-Me-Not books, we do our best to make sure your clean, gently used books find new homes. What we can't sell in the store is donated to community organizations. We also give out free books to kids every Friday. In 2021 we gave away 14,419 books! 

Our Partners

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