The Alexandria Literacy Project (ALP) originated in 1976, when a small group of volunteers were trained as Laubach literacy tutors. In 1982, the ALP became a member of the Alexandria Adult Basic Education program and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization during May 1988. In August 1988, the ALP moved to the Runestone Regional Learning Center. The Alexandria Literacy Project has been an agency of United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties since 1987. ALP is currently housed at the Alexandria Technical and Community College.
ALP revenue sources include United Way allocations, contributions and grants from area businesses, foundations, service organizations and churches. Also, in-kind support is received from Alexandria Adult Basic Education, businesses and individuals.
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to recruit and tutor adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing, spelling and/or math skills;
to tutor adults originally from other countries who want to improve their English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills;
to train volunteer tutors and literacy leaders;
to promote and encourage this teaching and training.
ALP services are provided through a network of support volunteers and volunteer tutors who are trained to work one-to-one with adult learners privately at home or at a community site. The ALP is an associate program of the Minnesota Literacy Council and cooperates with a network of community programs to meet the needs of adult learners in Douglas County, Minnesota, and area communities. The ALP is also a Volunteer Program Affiliate of ProLiteracy America, a national volunteer organization.