Parkdale Project Read is a not-for-profit, community-based literacy program that operates an adult learning centre in the Parkdale community. Programs and services are managed by a collective staff team who share decision-making and leadership responsibilities.
We offer free Literacy and Basic Skills Education and Academic Upgrading programs for English-speaking adults who want to learn to read and write, use basic math and/or computer skills, in order to gain more confidence and become more active in their communities.
PPR Learners come from diverse cultural backgrounds, many are marginalized in low-income housing, and are coping with the physical and mental health consequences of violence, discrimination and chronic poverty. We regard literacy as a fundamental human right, essential to personal and community development.
Parkdale Project Read takes a holistic approach to literacy, facilitating not only the acquisition of literacy skills, but supporting literacy in everyday day life – whether it be reading the newspaper, completing job applications, conducting online research, or advocating for oneself at home or within the wider community.
We are dedicated to creating a safe, supportive and accessible learning environment where students can bring their whole self (mind, body, spirit, and emotions) to learning. Parkdale Project Read believes in a learner-based approach – it is the student who decides how and what they learn. Our trained, volunteer tutors support individuals and help co-facilitate adult literacy groups.
We recognize that for adult literacy learners, progress is measured in many ways including the ability to voice their opinions, take part in social activities, care for their families, and take on leadership roles in their communities.
Parkdale Project Read has collaborated with various community partners to offer free programs and services including Financial Literacy, Legal Education, Civic Engagement, Computer Literacy, Health & Wellness, and Basic Driver’s Education.
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