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We believe that literacy is the cornerstone of personal growth, community development, and social empowerment. Rooted in the heart of Detroit, we are committed to unlocking the potential in every individual, regardless of age or background, by nurturing a culture of reading, writing, and critical thinking.


Our mission since 1943 has been to create a Detroit where literacy is not a privilege, but a right, shared by all. We strive to provide accessible, personalized, and innovative educational programs that align with the diverse needs and aspirations of our community members. By engaging with local schools, families, libraries, and volunteers, we are working to eliminate the literacy gap and forge a brighter, more equitable future.

Together, we envision a Detroit where every person has the opportunity to pursue their dreams, contribute to their community, and thrive in the global economy. We believe in the transformative power of words, and we invite you to join us in making literacy a reality for all.

Meet The Team

Board of Directors


Crystal Powell, Ph.D., Immediate Past Chair

John Krieman

David Costa, Board Chair

Susan Gardynik, Treasurer

Carol Huckleby, Secretary

Sean Ryan Everett, Ex Officio

Jeanne Warford

David Wood 

Financials +

Audited Financial Statements 

Fiscal 2020

Fiscal 2019

Fiscal 2018

IRS 990

Fiscal 2020

Fiscal 2019

Fiscal 2018

Fiscal 2017

Annual Report

Planned Giving 

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