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Our Mission



We help adults meet their life goals by offering learner-centered educational opportunities.


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Our Impact



Each year, the DLC helps more than 500 adults and teens take great strides toward reaching their full potential.


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​Your Support



If literacy is important to you, please consider: 


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We serve more than 700 Durham residents each year through:

Tutors work one-on-one with adult students who want to improve their reading and writing skills or prepare for high school equivalency tests such as the GED. Morning and evening schedules are available.

Youth ages 16 to 24 prepare for high school equivalency exams in one-on-one tutoring and classroom environments. Instruction takes place in the mornings.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes focus on the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that adult English language learners need to communicate effectively.

DCDC GED & Life Skills Classes

DLC staff members provide small group classes for incarcerated adults who want to earn High School Equivalency diplomas or improve their life skills. Classes take place at the Durham County Detention Center.

Threshold Clubhouse Durham Literacy Partnership

A DLC instructor teaches at Threshold Clubhouse for adults living with mental illness.

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We are celebrating 35 years of empowering lives in Durham! 


Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to our work!

Click here to read our 2020 Annual Report.


With your support, more then 18,000 Durham residents have improved their lives and their communities through literacy since 1985!