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Valencia County Literacy Council
With Literacy and Justice for All

280 La Entrada   Los Lunas, NM  87031  (505) 925-8926  Fax (505) 925-8924

7th Annual Noche de Estrellas Talent Night and Chocolate Buffet March 21, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Los Lunas Transportation Center (Railrunner Station).  Tickets go quickly!  They are just $15 and are available at 925-8926, the Belen Chamber Office, or MyBank in Belen.

Board Meeting: April 3, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at MyBank in Belen.  Call Jill for more info. at 925-8926.

Valencia County Literacy Council

Director:  Jill A. Oglesby
280 La Entrada
Los Lunas, NM 87031
(505) 925-8926
Curriculum Vitae

Volunteer Tutoring:
Call Brenda Parra at
(505) 925-8935

BOOK Readers:
Call Irene Gogal at
(505) 999-9877

Mission Statement

VCLC’s mission is to enable adults to achieve personal goals and very young children to achieve pre-literacy skills through literacy services provided to families free of charge.

Vision Statement
We envision a Valencia County in which all residents have the literacy skills they need to achieve their own dreams.

Core Values
We serve residents of Valencia County with low literacy and/or limited English-language skills.

--We are committed to the use of volunteers to provide instruction.

--We value quality instruction that is centered on Learners’ Own Goals.

--We support the Adult Learner in all his/her capacities as a Community Member, Family Member, and Worker.

--We support Adult Learner Leadership.

--We believe that the ability to read is critical to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society. 

--We work to assist other organizations  who are committed to a literate society.

Valencia County Literacy Council (VCLC) is an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America. Founded in 1987, VCLC is celebrated its 25th year anniversary in 2012!


In the Valencia Literacy Program, we provide FREE Volunteer Tutoring for adults in Basic Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL), a Family Literacy Preschool for adults in ESL and GED en Espaņol classes in El Cerro Mission, and volunteer BOOK Readers to read to children and free children’s books in low-income medical clinics in Valencia County.

Value of Literacy Instruction

UNESCO estimates that there are more than 774 million nonliterate adults in the world. It sees adult literacy as a basic human right and integral to the solutions for poverty, access to health care, educating children, and human rights abuses.

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy of 2003 indicates that 20% of Valencia County adults have “Below Basic” literacy skills.  The National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) of 1992 also indicated that 50% read below the level required by most jobs today and 24.2% speak no or only very limited English.

According to one Economic Impact Analysis Project Report, for every dollar spent on Literacy, $33 is returned to the local economy (Kearney, 1999). Why?

· Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.

· Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

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