In 2007, community leaders met at a Tucson Regional Town Hall to discuss the critical issues facing our region. This group identified increasing literacy levels as the single best way to ensure a prosperous economy and an improved quality of life for everyone in Tucson. Following the Town Hall, a diverse coalition continued the discussion. Then, in July 2011, ideas turned to action as five local organizations merged to become Literacy Connects. With nearly 100 years of collective nonprofit experience, along with widespread support from political leaders, the public, community partners, and private donors, Literacy Connects soon became the premier nonprofit literacy hub in the greater Tucson area.
In February 2014, Literacy Connects fulfilled a key goal by purchasing a permanent home at 200 E. Yavapai Road. Phased renovations soon started on the campus located in one of Tucson’s most densely populated, high-need neighborhoods. The once barren courtyard was transformed into a literacy oasis in 2015 when Santa Rita Landscaping selected Literacy Connects for a volunteer “extreme makeover.” In 2017, collaborations began with Habitat for Humanity and the International Rescue Committee to develop a housing development and community garden on the unused adjacent land, setting the stage for the #WeAreAmphi Coalition. That same year, The Arizona Builders Alliance volunteered their services to help Literacy Connects with the final phase of renovation. Finally, with much generosity and trust in a vision for prosperity, Literacy Connects opened the doors of their Youth Center in 2019, completing their campus and adding yet another opportunity for community engagement and transformational learning.