About the Minnesota Literacy Council

Our mission

To share the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy.

Our history

We started in a Roseville church basement in 1972 when a group of women realized if one person taught someone to read, and that person taught someone to read, they could create a movement. They knew early on that literacy is critical to growth and self-sufficiency and planted the seed for reading programs and statewide volunteer training.


Our team strengthens literacy programs in Minnesota and beyond by providing training, national service resources and technical assistance to other organizations. We serve Minnesotans of all ages — from 3-year-olds mastering their ABCs to grandparents determined to get their GED — by teaching them life-changing literacy skills. We are able to reach nearly 70,000 children and adults each year thanks in great part to the more than 2,000 volunteers and 100 national service members we train annually.


The definition of literacy is everchanging, and we take pride in anticipating shifts in community needs. Our work is always evolving so we're prepared to give everyone the best opportunity to be successful students, workers, family members and citizens. When literacy learners gain the tools to build fuller lives, all Minnesotans reap the benefits.