About

Lincoln Literacy is a multi-award-winning, community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We provide a continuum of services rooted in language and literacy skills in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

In the 1980s, large numbers of refugees and immigrants began to settle in Lincoln. In true Lincoln fashion, our volunteers have modeled welcoming, belonging, and community at its best ever since. 

Today, Lincoln Literacy now serves thousands — first by helping those who need structure and support to learn English, and second, by helping transfer their skills for placement into the local job market. 

Thanks to our trained volunteers and staff, we have grown to become the community’s leader in helping refugees and immigrants gain the English language skills and cross-cultural competence they need to become productive citizens, while also helping homegrown Nebraskans acquire the skills they need to attain living-wage jobs. 

Our Free Literacy Classes

In partnership with many other organizations and with the help of trained staff and volunteer tutors, Lincoln Literacy offers free classes at multiple locations throughout Lincoln, six days a week.

English Language Classes

Basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of English, including reading, writing, and conversation.

Adult Skills Classes

Skills needed for living wage jobs and a path to a lifelong career.

Workplace Classes

Paid, on-the-job learning at our partner businesses that is customized to their jobs and skill levels.

For All Cultures

We serve adult learners of any age, from all cultures, including immigrants, refugees, language learners, and homegrown Nebraskans throughout Lincoln and its surrounding areas. 

Many of our students live and work in the downtown area. That’s why our headquarters are located at 1023 Lincoln Mall, right across from the City-County building, and we offer classes in multiple locations throughout Lincoln so that our students can easily get to class.

1,663 adult learners from 75 home countries

314 children served in free, onsite educational childcare

100+ classes at all levels of fluency each week

76% of learners improve their English after six months using the BEST test

Free van service, with priority given to refugees 

185 volunteer tutors

1:1 and small group classes

Read our latest annual report to see our impact.

English Literacy Skills Are Vital to Lincoln

With the city’s population now almost 10% foreign-born, English language skills and cross-cultural competence are more important than ever before. 

English literacy classes unleash adults’ potential to:

  • Thrive on the job
  • Communicate with doctors, neighbors, and teachers
  • Grow their careers
  • Support their families
  • Pursue further education
  • Help their children succeed in school

Read more from the New Americans Task Force Immigrant and Refugee Survey Report.

Lincoln Businesses Need Skilled, Literate Workers

We connect students with employers in the community so they — and our partners — can thrive. 

Our occupational skills classes prepare students for jobs in:

  • Schools
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • And other in-demand fields

We also help businesses retain and upskill their existing workforce with our workplace classes.

Professional Associations

In addition to our many partners, Lincoln Literacy belongs to several reputable professional associations, including

Our Values

Positive

Lincoln Literacy is dedicated to helping people achieve dreams by building on their skills. Our students may come from difficult situations, but our stories show how our work, our volunteers, and our funders open doors to a better future for our students — and our community as a whole.

Grateful

Without our donors and volunteers, our work would not be possible. We are humbled by the generosity of these people and motivated to be the best stewards of their investment. We aim to share our successes and give credit to those who made it happen — our volunteers, and our donors.

Effective

Most people who come to us for help leave with lasting change for the better. At the end of a school year, the majority of our students have made significant gains on standardized tests in their area of study. 

View Our Staff Ethical Guidelines

Help Us Help Others Thrive. 

You can support immigrants and refugees in Lincoln by volunteering or donating to Lincoln Literacy.

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