Now in existence for more than 56 years, Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) continues to
empower low-literate adults through the highest quality programs. Since joining LIFT in July, I
have learned that LIFT adult students are simply the best! They are fully committed, lead very
complex lives, and come weekly to classroom sessions, including one-on-one and small group
tutoring support, for Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) or
English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. And they attend special workshops throughout
the year in workforce skills preparation (resume writing, mock job interviews, job applications),
citizenship, financial literacy, and/or digital literacy to improve their lives and the lives of their
In addition to being proud of its students, LIFT is grateful for its amazing volunteer instructors,
who form the bedrock of the LIFT community. They are deeply committed to providing high-quality
programs and the most encouraging environment for our adult learners. I’m grateful to
our volunteer Board of Directors for their leadership, and our many volunteer instructors, tutors,
workshop presenters, and office assistants.
Click here to find many interesting—and alarming—facts from ProLiteracy about the state of
adult literacy. ProLiteracy is a national adult literacy organization that LIFT joined to learn about
international best practices in adult literacy education, so that our well-educated professional
team stays abreast of research-based advances in adult learning solutions.
LIFT is proud of its affiliation with great partners, including:
- The Shelton School and Dr. Joyce Pickering for supporting LIFT’s adaptation of Shelton’s
successful curriculum for students with learning differences;
- CitySquare and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, our key partners at our home base at the
- The schools, churches, colleges, businesses, community centers, and libraries with whom we
partner to provide off-site programs;
- SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and SMU Guildhall with
whom we are one of 8 international semi-finalists for the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult
Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation;
- SMU Meadows’ Ignite/Arts Dallas and Dallas Theater Center for including LIFT students and
volunteers in the launch of Public Works Dallas; and
- Many community projects and task forces, including the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty.
LIFT is implementing a new strategic plan to assure continued growth in program quality and the
number of low-literate adults it serves. Now, more than ever, we ask you to make a commitment
to support this annual appeal. Your support for this annual campaign provides funding for
overall operating expenses—those needs that most corporate, foundation, and government
funding don’t financially support.
Please click here to donate to LIFT through igivehere. Your donation makes a difference!
Thank you for your support!
Linda K. Johnson, MBA, Ph.D.
President and CEO