At Literacy Mid-South, we strive to create innovative programs that promote literacy and life-long learning.  You may have heard of our Adult Learning Program, which provides hundreds of volunteer tutors to low-literate adults in the Mid-South.  Behind the scenes, we're also working with hundreds of literacy and education providers to build their capacity to serve this community as well.  It's an exciting time in the Mid-South as we bring people together to find new ways to change the literacy rates in Memphis. 

With all of the different programs we have at Literacy Mid-South, you may be wondering what our core service is.  Our main goal at Literacy Mid-South is to support, coordinate, and expand otherwise fragmented community efforts towards community awareness, advocacy, program design, and civic engagement to ultimately create a new generation of lifelong learners. We understand that we can't change the literacy rates in Memphis solely by our Adult Learning Program.  We have a bigger challenge: changing the way the Mid-South views lifelong learning and empowering other organizations in rising to meet the challenge with us.  Changing attitudes about learning and reading can only take place with a visible, capable, coordinated group of organizations and individuals who work together. We seek to provide organizations that need support with resources that:

  • Enable participants to access information and resources
  • Have the confidence to express themselves in writing and speaking
  • Obtain literacy skills that enable independent action
  • Create learning opportunities as a bridge to the future.

Click on one of the programs to the left to learn more about the amazing work at Literacy Mid-South!

We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale