NORTH VANCOUVER – The Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program has received $40,000 from the provincial government to help learners improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

The program is a collaboration between North Shore Neighbourhood House and Capilano University, and is supported through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), an initiative that distributes funding to not-for-profit community groups that offer free literacy training in easily accessible locations, such as community centres, schools and native friendship centres.

Each community organization that delivers a CALP project partners with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and employment training.

Projects are tailored to suit the needs of young parents, Aboriginal learners, and other adults in the community, and are delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small group classes.

This year approximately $2.4 million is being distributed towards 83 CALP projects in 90 communities throughout B.C. It is expected 9,000 adult learners will be helped through the projects.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in CALP, helping more than 93,000 adults improve their literacy skills.