The goal of the Adult Literacy Center (ALC) is to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living, and life-long learning. Utilizing volunteers and new technologies, the ALC improves the quality of adults' lives by helping them learn to read, write and comprehend.
The Adult Literacy Center was established as part of the Drake University School of Education in 1976. In 2014, the ALC became part of the Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning, Office of the President. The Center is staffed by volunteers from the Drake and greater Des Moines communities dedicated to literacy and community outreach.
Drake University Adult Literacy Center
1213 25th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Vickie Merrifield, Adult Literacy Center Coordinator
Persons served by the Literacy Center represent a cross-section of ethnicity and come mainly from lower income brackets. Reading skills range from pre-reading to approximately fourth grade.