Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans

In 2001, the Boggs Center was instrumental in the creation of the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, a coalition dedicated to improving adult literacy in metropolitan New Orleans.  The Boggs Center was awarded a $561,000 grant from the Baptist Community Ministries Foundation to bring together literacy providers and community stakeholders to develop the first ever comprehensive, collaborative literacy plan for the five-parish area of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany parishes. The Baptist Community Ministries Foundation invited the Boggs Center to convene this collaborative due to the Center’s strengths in building trust and mutual respect among diverse stakeholders necessary for good planning and focused action. The literacy plan that resulted from this effort examined data on the status of literacy in the five-parish Greater New Orleans region and made recommendations to improve literacy education. Since its inception, the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans has worked to improve literacy and strengthen the capacity of literacy providers.

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