Strategic plan recap

Oct 4, 2023Articles

The Literacy Pittsburgh Board of Directors has begun developing our next strategic plan. The new plan will cover 2024-2026 and continue the work established in our last strategic plan using the Ready, Relevant, and Sustainable framework. We are excited to continue building on the achievements of our last plan. 

Literacy Pittsburgh is more Relevant:  We served 43% more students, increased student employment outcomes by 40%, increased student post-secondary transitions by 67% and HSE attainment by 110%.

Literacy Pittsburgh is more Ready: We grew staffing by 46%, adding three new departments to support career building and reducing nonacademic barriers to student success.  We built a data system, added human resource capacity, and were recognized as a Best Place to Work. 

Literacy Pittsburgh is more Sustainable:  We grew revenue by 42%, doubled the number of individual donors, and increased support raised from individuals by 8%. We increased investments in innovation and income from earned revenue.

We achieved all of this amidst global uncertainty and constant change. Factors in our work included:

  • Transition to online learning impacted how we teach, who participated, and what they needed to participate.
  • State and federal contract requirements increased necessitating additional investments and people. 
  • An influx of refugees into the region has required us to be flexible and creative to serve significantly more new neighbors.

And yet, we have worked with intentionality to rebrand and rebuild programming that is more equitable and aligned to student needs. Imagine what we’ll do over the next three years!
Many thanks to our employer, job training, and agency partners for providing valuable counsel toward the next plan. We are grateful to our board members who are working on establishing meaningful and ambitious goals for the next three years. 

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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