Our Mission:

The San Luis Obispo County Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to assisting adult learners and their families in the development of English language communication skills by:

  1. Recruiting and preparing volunteers as tutors in the delivery of quality instruction using a variety of approaches.
  2. Providing individual and group instruction to learners in reading, writing, speaking and basic number skills, thereby furthering the ability of learners to function well in the community.
  3. Promoting individual awareness and involvement in the literacy process.

We have Learning Centers countywide that provide Learners and Tutors with books, learning materials, and a friendly learning environment.

The success of The Literacy Council’s learning centers depends entirely on volunteer effort!

The Literacy Council Board

Jennifer Alton: Co-chair
Attorney, Alton & Allen, LLP

Tad Weber: Co-chair
Managing Editor, The Tribune

Steve English: Secretary
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Jan Breidenbach: Treasurer
Retired Accountant

Alexander Papathanasis: Director
University of San Luis Obispo School of Law, Communications Director

Vic Sterling: Director
Business Consultant, Communications Director

The Literacy Council Staff

Bernadette Bernardi
Executive Director

Joe McLaughlin
Administrative/ Marketing Assistant

Allysa Ball
Volunteer Computer Services