“I feel a deep need to contribute to social justice on a local level. Literacy Connects is working to even the playing field in Tucson through education.”   

– Literacy Connects Donor/Volunteer

The Impact of YOUR Investment

Literacy Connects is a volunteer-driven Tucson nonprofit serving over 46,000 children and adults annually through literacy and arts programming that create solutions to many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, Literacy Connects helps us all turn the page to a brighter future!

Our wide variety of programs are unified in achieving transformational learning through joyous student-centered relationships and a strength-based approach. We know building skills is critical, and that long-term success also depends on shifting attitudes and behaviors. When people come to identify as learners, readers, writers, creatives, and empowered citizens, their resilience increases along with opportunities to help themselves and others.

As the premier literacy hub in the greater Tucson area with a commitment to access and equality, we connect individuals and groups from across the community to work together for long-term social impact.


We’re proud to have been recognized in our community and networks!


Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency   

Certified Green Business Leader – Silver          

Accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy Worldwide  


BBB Torch Awards for Non-Profit Ethics – 2019              

Southern Arizona Volunteer Managers Association(SAVMA), Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year – 2019              

TEP Charitable Non-Profit Copper Cactus Award – 2017            

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award – 2017

Transformation through learning is why Literacy Connects exists!

83.5 %

of preschoolers in Pima County (approximately 20,400) are at risk for not being ready for kindergarten.

4 X

Parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children.

40 %

Only 40% of 3rd graders in Pima County are proficient in reading and writing.

30 %

On average, Reading Seed students improve their reading skills 30% faster than the general student population, important growth to get them caught up.

83.5 %

of preschoolers in Pima County (approximately 20,400) are at risk for not being ready for kindergarten.

95 %

95% of teachers report student’s attitude towards writing for the Stories that Soar! Magic Box as “excited” or “very excited.”

25,000 Households

In Pima County 25,000 households are “linguistically isolated,” meaning no adult in the family over 14 can speak English proficiently.

90 %

Of adult learners who receive 12 + hours of instruction, more than 90 % report increases in life skills due to increased language proficiency.

530,000 Adults

In Arizona, an estimated number of 530,000 adults read at or below a fifth grade equivalent.

60 %

Of adult learners who receive 12+ hours of instruction, 60% report attaining an employment related goal.

25 %

One in every four households in southern Arizona is living under the poverty line.

100 %

All of Literacy Connects’ programs fight poverty by giving people tools to break the cycle, as children or in adulthood.


Literacy Connects is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit © 2018

Qualified Charitable Organization Code: 20553

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