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Our Mission

Empowerment Through Literacy

The Capital Area Literacy Coalition's mission is to help children, teens, and adults become successful and

self-sufficient by learning to read, write, and speak English.

Capital Area Literacy Coalition is a private, nonprofit volunteer literacy organization founded in Lansing, Michigan in 1986. Also called The Reading People, the organization provides a variety of free services to empower people to achieve their personal goals through literacy. We believe that the ability to read is critical to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society. We provide free one-to-one instruction in reading and writing for children struggling in school, at-risk teens, and adults. We also provide tutoring to migrant and refugee families, GED services, and English as a Second Language instruction.


With literacy in Michigan currently ranked 32nd in the United States, the need is urgent. Please help us achieve our mission by volunteering or donating today! Thank you.



Volunteer tutors help students make positive changes in their lives. As tutors work with students to improve English literacy, students are moving toward achieving life goals.

Learn more about this program, workshop dates, and register now!

Volunteers interested in tutoring English as a Second Language complete a two-part workshop. No experience necessary, free materials and support are provided. GED volunteer tutor training availability is ongoing.


Click here for workshop dates, times, and registration.

Friends and family members are the leading source of referrals to literacy programs.

Learn more about these FREE services.

Training for community volunteers and MSU students takes place on MSU campus.

Learn more here.




Tutor Training Workshop dates for 2022.


Learn more.



Learn about the success stories of recent GED grads and their tutors.

Learn more.



Our tutor, Dave Batten, talks about his ESL student "Bob."

Read the story here.



We are in need of caps and gowns for our GED graduates.

Contact us to donate.

Request a Tutor

Download and complete our Student Intake Form, and return the form to our office.

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