Building upon success

Jan 11, 2024Articles

For the second time in three years, Literacy Pittsburgh presents its strategic plan in a time full of uncertainty, conflict, and change. This challenging and dynamic social context includes a skilled worker shortage, a surge in immigrant and refugee populations, and rapid technological change.  

Thus, Literacy Pittsburgh’s mission and vision have never been more relevant.  

While much is unknown, we do know that lives are made better with learning, that education provides opportunity, and that our programs are proven to help individuals get good jobs, start businesses, become citizens, and improve their own lives. While we do not know what the future will bring, we do know that the basic education we provide is urgently needed to develop the workforce of the future.  

Literacy Pittsburgh sits at the nexus of three urgent local and national issues: the ongoing worker shortage, increased immigration, and rapid technological change. We have a responsibility to meet this demand for the benefit of our students and our community. The priorities of Ready, Relevant, and Sustainable will continue to guide our work over the next three years as we grow and adapt to meet this growing need.  

Our 2024-2027 strategic plan was built to both energize and challenge the organization—the board, the staff, the volunteers, and the students. We seek progress and excellence as we pursue our vision of a more inclusive and productive community driven by access to education.  

Please join us. Find something that speaks to you and contribute to Literacy Pittsburgh’s ready, relevant, and sustainable future. Contact Carey Harris, Chief Executive Officer, at or 412-393-7637 to discuss opportunities for creating better lives through learning.

2024-2027 Strategic Plan

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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