Our focus has always been to support Chicago’s literacy and education organizations through capacity building, alignment, and advocacy.

Capacity building empowers our members by forging bonds of trust and collaboration in the literacy sector. Alignment and advocacy create coordination and cohesion for increased, community-wide impact. In 2021 and beyond, we’re building on these foundational strategies as we significantly expand our efforts around alignment and advocacy.

The Literacy Equity Initiative (LEI) is a robust, data-driven effort led by the Chicago Literacy Alliance (CLA) to build collaboration with Chicago neighborhood community leaders, to direct literacy services for the greatest impact.

In order to effectively address the distinct challenges of Chicago’s communities, we must design solutions that increase equitable access to resources, creating pathways to greater civic fluency, personal agency, and progress. To further mobilize the Alliance, the LEI employs a consciously anti-racist lens, building in an asset-based, community-informed approach to advancing literacy, civic fluency, and personal agency for all learners.

Learn more about the LEI model by clicking below.

For questions or inquiries, contact Annie Rezac, CLA Director of Strategic Initiatives: arezac@chicagoliteracyalliance.org