About Us

York County Literacy Council is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit, educational, and human service organization whose staff and volunteers serve all residents of York County, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, or socio-economic status


York County Literacy Council (YCLC) provides several types of free classes for adults in York County.  Our Adult Learners Class will help those who struggle with reading. In addition, we have classes to instruct students as they work to pass their  HISET/GED exam and  for those looking to earn their High School Equivalency credential in the state of Pennsylvania. The HiSET® test is now available at York County Literacy Council. To register for testing (paper based) or for more information about HiSET, visit www.hiset.ets.org.  Classes for English Language Learners, and U.S. Citizenship are also offered.  We train volunteer tutors to provide one-to-one literacy training for adult students. YCLC services are free and confidential.


Health literacy, computer literacy, financial literacy and workplace literacy is also taught in classes and through workshops.  Career Pathways provides opportunities to polish soft skills, enter into a training or higher education, and meet with employers.  Professional Human Resource leaders from our community provide workshops on “What Employers Are Looking For” including soft skills.  YCLC offers Literacy in the Workplace, a  fee for service customized training at your worksite, to improve communications, literacy skills, and English as a Second Language.     It is estimated there are approximately 40,000 adults in York County who are functionally illiterate.

Mission Statement

We teach literacy skills in English to empower adults for successful engagement in the home, workplace, and community.


Circa 1978

The History of YCLC

In the 1970s, members of Church Women United and Lutheran Church Women organized a tutoring program after attending a workshop, “Each One Teach One”, offered by the Lutheran Church.  After the training, the women made a commitment to do something about illiteracy.  Doris, one of the founders, soon found opportunity to teach a non-reader when a young man in her Sunday School was unable to read or write. The women also advertised for students seeking literacy services.  Later they expanded the tutoring program to assist the influx of Asian refugees coming to York County. In 1976 this program became the York County Literacy Council (YCLC). Incorporated in 1980, YCLC is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization, an affiliate of the ProLiteracy America, Inc., and a United Way of York County partner agency.

Today, YCLC serves more than 1,000 students in York County.  York County Literacy Council is dedicated to advancing adult and family literacy in York County.  Client services are provided confidentially and free of charge to York County residents regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or socio-economic status.


Annual Reports

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York County Literacy Council is a proud Community Partner of United Way of York County.