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York County Literacy Council

800 E. King St., York, Pa.  17403

(717) 845-8719  Fax (717) 699-5620

Mission Statement

York County Literacy Council empowers adults and families with functional literacy skills, in English, that enable them to participate productively in the home, workplace and community.

Notice:  YCLC Offices will close for the afternoon on Friday, December 19th at 11:45 AM.


YCLC Needs Your Vote

The York Newspaper Company is launching the 2015 Vote-to-Give Grant Contest on their Facebook page that would give $10,000 of in-kind advertising to a local non-profit.  Public vote will take place on York Daily Record Facebook page.   

We need your vote.  It is easy to vote.  No Facebook account is needed.


1st - Go to the York Daily Record Facebook page

2nd- Click on Vote to Give menu bar

3rd- Scroll down the screen to find York County Literacy Council logo  

and select/click on VOTE


4th - Continue scrolling to the end and click on SAVE vote






"Building a Stronger Community"

We were glad to recognize our students' achievements at our 2013 Annual Event.  Families and friends came to celebrate!  Thirty-two students achieved their GED and twenty-six students received their U.S. Citizenship.  Providing an opportunity for adults to capture the education they missed or to become naturalized citizens opens doors for success.  We believe helping people with functional literacy skills empowers them to become productive citizens.  The evening was filled with pride, gratitude, hopes and dreams.  Be a part of the team and volunteer and or support a cause that changes lives and communities!








 Removing Barriers to Success!



Illiteracy causes one to feel like there is a bag over your head

as you try to navigate through life!

Most people won't recognize someone who is illiterate

Did you know....

  •       40,000 adults in York County are classified as functionally illiterate?
  •       90% of Fortune 1000 executives express low literacy hurts their productivity and profitability?
  •       American businesses lose $60 billion due to employee illiteracy?


 York County Literacy Council


Celebrating 38 Years of


 Providing Literacy  Education


to Adults and Families of York County!


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In the 1970s, members of Church Women United and Lutheran Church Women organized a tutoring program after attending a workshop, "Each One Teach One", offered by the Lutheran Church.  After the training, the women made a commitment to do something about illiteracy.  Doris, one of the founders, soon found opportunity to teach a non-reader when a young man in her Sunday School was unable to read or write.  The women also advertised for students seeking literacy services.  Later they expanded the tutoring program to assist the influx of Asian refugees coming to York County. In 1976 this program became the York County Literacy Council (YCLC). Incorporated in 1980, YCLC is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization, an accredited affiliate of the Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., and a United Way of York County member agency.


Today, YCLC serves over 900 students in York County including our Hanover Branch.  We offer Adult Reading Programs for native-born, English speaking adults and English as a Second Language Programs, including our Pre-GED classes.  Both programs provide classes and one-to-one tutoring as well as access to our computerized language lab.   In addition YCLC has a Literacy in the Workplace program tailor-made for companies seeking to improve literacy comprehension, understanding and communications among their employees.  All instruction includes components of workplace, health literacy and financial literacy training. 

York County Literacy Council is a human service organization dedicated to advancing adult and family literacy in York County. Client services are provided confidentially and free of charge to York County residents regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or socio-economic status.


The official registration and financial information of the York County Literacy Council may be obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.


York County Literacy Council student receives the Essence of Humanity Award 


Linda Perales has overcome many obstacles that include family dysfunction, physical abuse and extreme medical and emotional set-backs.  Her perseverance and strength of character have been critical in overcoming these obstacles and achieving success and happiness in her personal and professional life.  Achieving her GED with the help of YCLC has provided her with opportunities that may not have otherwise existed.        
Despite her own personal hardships, at age 23 Linda volunteered in the community to help others. Later she became employed and received promotions at her job while she cared for her three sons and her sick mother.
Linda began studying with her YCLC tutor. She worked diligently but was forced to take several weeks off from study when a tumor was discovered on Linda’s adrenal gland.  She underwent major life-threatening surgery and a ten-day stay in the hospital.  Despite Linda’s post-surgery limitations, two weeks after being discharged from the hospital she passed her GED exam.  After obtaining her GED, Linda graduated from Empire Beauty School.  While pursuing her education at Empire Beauty School, she accomplished some academic achievements of which she is very proud.  They include:  recipient of the Student of the Year Award, participated in a national competition in Hershey, PA, and maintained a 90% average while still meeting her family obligations.  She is working at another position until she receives her temporary license, and then she is immediately going to take her State Boards. 
Today Linda is a caring mother to five sons who faces additional parenting challenges with her second and third sons who were diagnosed with a learning disability and ADHD.  She is a proactive advocate for their general well being and pursuit of educational goals.    Congratulations Linda, on a job well done!
“The Essence of Humanity Award is intended to recognize those individuals who demonstrate remarkable courage, love, strength, determination, encouragement, inspiration, and persistence when dealing with adversity, and to recognize those who demonstrate the spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals on a daily basis.”   United Way of York County

All information contained on is subject to change without notice.   



Multi-level classes,  Pre-GED Classes and one-to-one tutoring are available for adults of York County.

Literacy in the Workplace programs are available- offering ESL and Pre-GED classes

YCLC is the only agency in York County that provides literacy instruction for individuals with the lowest level of skill and the highest level of need.

For the 2012-2013 program year:

966 students received instructional services

311 volunteers donated 14,700+ hours of services

While the main office is located in the United Way Building in York City, YCLC has a branch office in Hanover. Additionally, YCLC borrows space throughout the county from over 130 agencies, churches, and schools for tutoring, classes, and family programs.


  Celebrating Success!

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