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Making an Impact: Why Your Donation to the DLC's Annual Fund Matters

After several difficult years, it’s time to celebrate our triumphs!

Earlier this month, the Durham Literacy Center honored thirteen young adult high school equivalency graduates (GED® and HiSET®) at an intimate graduation ceremony with family and friends. Our students’ confidence soared as they received the recognition they deserved after much perseverance and hard work.

"There a lot of stereotypes out there that people who get their GED are not enough or they don't have the equivalent education that any normal high schooler has, but at the end of the day, we are all normal, no matter what education you get or how we get it. I find myself just as equal."

Nalina, 2023 HSE Graduate

Success didn’t come easy as the pandemic disrupted these students’ lives. They struggled more than most with isolation and mental health challenges, learning loss, societal changes and more. Now, they are moving forward equipped with the credentials they need to move forward to college or vocational certifications.

More young people than ever are struggling to find their way back to school. According to the Associated Press, an estimated 12,000 North Carolina students never returned to school after the COVID-19 shutdown (March 2023).

The Durham Literacy Center’s Youth Achievement Program (YAP) offers a valuable alternative for 16-24 year olds who thrive in a small, supportive learning environment.

Your financial support to the Durham Literacy Center will help our students achieve their goals.

  • $50 buys a set of books for an adult English student

  • $125 funds a career pathway workshop

  • $150 supports the training of a volunteer tutor

  • $200 pays for test preparation materials for a high school

  • equivalency student

  • $1000 provides instruction for an adult literacy or high school equivalency student

We envision a Durham where every adult, young and old, regardless of circumstance, has the power to change their lives and their community through literacy.

Help us make that vision a reality by making a tax-deductible contribution at

Your support helps transform lives through literacy and we can’t thank you enough.

In service,

Lizzie Ellis-Furlong

Executive Director


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