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Humboldt Literacy Project connects adults 18+ who wish to improve their reading and writing with adult volunteer tutors for free, confidential, one-on-one English language tutoring.


For most of us, reading is such an integral part of daily life we almost take the ability for granted. However, in Humboldt County an estimated 13,800 adults are functionally illiterate—reading below a fifth grade level. Another 23,000 people in our county read below an eighth grade level. Since 1981, Humboldt Literacy Project has been working to raise the level of literacy in Humboldt County and improve the quality of life in our community.

We believe


  • All adults can learn

  • All individuals have the right to privacy and confidentiality

  • That a non-judgmental environment promotes mutual respect, trust, openness, comfort, and hope

  • Tutoring should be learner-centered.

  • In conducting ourselves with openness and integrity

  • In providing the highest quality service


 Our Mission


  • To teach adults in Humboldt County the literacy skills they need on the job, at home, and in our community

  • To increase public awareness regarding the magnitude and negative effects of illiteracy

  • To build public awareness about the social, political, economic, and cultural value of literacy

 Our Programs


  • Basic Literacy - support for native English speakers

  • Family Literacy - encouraging families and households to share the fun and challenge of reading, writing, and playing together

  • English as a Second Language - support for non-native speakers acquiring English

  • Humboldt County Correctional Facilities - helping incarcerated individuals improve their skills and prospects, during confinement and after re-entry.



For more information, contact us at,  or call (707)445-3655.

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