We believe literacy
is a human right.
TEXAS HAS A BIG WORD PROBLEM.
1 in 5 adults in North Texas cannot read. This means that more than 800,000 adults in Dallas County alone are struggling with literacy and that number is projected to grow to more than 1 million by 2030.
LIFT IS BENDING THE TREND.
We are reaching into the neighborhoods where people live, work and worship. By teaching adults to read, we increase access to employment, reduce reliance on social services and improve the quality of life for our students and their families.
THE TIME IS NOW. JOIN US.
Become a volunteer, supporter or join our strong network of community partners. Stand with us as we Bend The Trend.
12 Jul 2017
Public Works Dallas is hosting storytelling workshops at LIFT from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm every Thursday through September. The workshops are open to all LIFT students, staff and volunteers as well as the community at large. Participants will learn storytelling techniques, improvisation, movement, and other skills needed for stage productions. The workshops are being […]
18 Jul 2017
The Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) and Southern Methodist University (SMU) team was named today one of eight semi-finalists advancing in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The XPRIZE is a global competition that challenges teams to develop mobile applications designed to increase literacy skills in adult learners. […]
15 Sep 2017
Planning is underway for the 2017 Toast to Literacy! This year’s event will take place at 6 pm on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Event Chairs Kate and Todd Watson and the event planning committee have been spending the last few weeks thinking through the event details, securing sponsors and donations for the live […]
Our new home.
DALLAS – Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT), a leading provider of adult literacy services in North Texas, announced the selection of education and nonprofit leader Linda K. Johnson as its next president and chief executive officer. Johnson joins LIFT from Dallas Independent School District (DISD), where she served as the Executive Director of the College […]
LIFT student Ron Reney reads at roughly a fourth-grade level. He makes ends meet by working two $11-an-hour jobs, washing dishes and working in a warehouse. But the finances got more complicated in late May when he and his girlfriend welcomed a baby girl into their family. Learn more about Ron’s story in this Dallas […]
By Lisa Hembry, CEO of Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) We are excited to announce that the partnership between Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) and Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a semi-finalist in the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation competition. Our team, PeopleForWords, includes collaborators from LIFT, SMU […]