NASHVILLE, TN — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Young Women’s Christian Association Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s Family Learning Center a $230,000 grant to support the adult literacy program. The grant was part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million to support family and adult literacy programs.
Dollar General has been supporting the YWCA’s literacy program for decades. Sharon K. Roberson, president/CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, mentioned that education is the foundation for a healthy and successful society. The YWCA was honored to provide adults with education through the Family Learning Center.
With the generous amount of grant recently given to the YWCA, they are able to provide classes to more than 450 adults and able to help dozens of high school students to achieve their diplomas. The YWCA’s Family Learning Center was accountable to support more than one-quarter of all HiSET (formerly GED) graduates in Nashville.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been investing in literacy and education programs for nearly 30 years. The recent and significant shifts in education, it has made the Foundation’s mission more important and they have been working hard to create access to high-quality education for all individuals. They also hope that the funds will make a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has supported organizations that help with education, stimulate and enable innovation in the process of education and inspire others with a love of reading. They have awarded funds to non-profit organizations, schools and libraries each year to support adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs. The Foundation also offers a student referral program to help them in learning how to read and speak English and prepare them for the high school equivalency exam.