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The mission of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities. LCNV serves low-literacy and limited English language proficient adults with a selection of low-cost, moderately intensive courses to help them transition into the workforce or other educational opportunities. LCNV provides the crucial first steps of language and literacy learning for workplace, citizenship, and community integration to help adults make measurable improvements in their lives. Learn more about our programs.  


LCNV strives to be Northern Virginia’s preeminent provider of literacy education programs for adults at the lowest literacy level with the goal of making measurable improvements in their lives and their communities. LCNV endeavors to serve as a model for other literacy organizations and non-profits by achieving excellence in all of its programs; effectively supporting the volunteers who make the programs possible; maintaining professional standards for its work; and operating in a financially sustainable manner.


Learner-Focused: We keep the learner’s best interests in mind.
Respect:  We treat all persons with dignity, valuing our community's diversity.
Innovation: We use creative solutions that add value to our community.
Excellence: We continually strive to be the best at what we do.
Collaboration: We partner, internally and externally, and support one another to achieve common goals.
Integrity:  We are honest and sincere in all interactions.
“I joined LCNV to help adults who need instruction in the English language so they can become active participants in American society… This experience has been very satisfying for me because I have watched my student become more confident in expressing herself in English and she is a role model for the rest of her family. ”
Anne Spear, Volunteer Tutor & Board Member