Texas Family Literacy AmeriCorps Program

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The Texas Family Literacy Initiative is a part of the AmeriCorps network of state and national service programs that engages 80,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time programs.

This program provides literacy services to adults, children, youth and families in Texas communities. Literacy Services include:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation
  • Workplace Literacy/Workforce Infusion 
  • Computer Literacy

Houston Center for Literacy partners with the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas to recruit qualified applicants to serve as ESL, ABE, and HSE instructors with partnering adult education organizations throughout the Houston and Austin regions. Once selected for service, applicants become full time"members"and commit to an 11-month term in which they complete 1700 hours of service.

In exchange for their service, members receive the following benefits:

  • $12,500 annual stipend
  • Health & Dental Insurance
  • $5,730 education award issued after completion of service
  • Valuable experience and over 100 hours of professional development
  • Joining a national network of over 80,000 federally recognized service members

What do we look for in candidates?

Our positions are dynamic, well-rounded, and fun! We strive to build a diverse team of individuals who want to commit to national service. Experience in education and/or working with diverse populations is preferred. A willingness to share your knowledge, to learn from others, and to grow as an individual is necessary. Applicants should be comfortable with both independent and team-based work that includes team meetings, group planning, reflection, and community service projects.


The purpose of AmeriCorps is to support our partners with increasing organizational capacity by expanding their existing services to a wider array of students/clients. Partners make a contractual agreement to place a highly qualified "member" for the 11 month term. Partners pay a nominal fee of $6500 to the Houston Center for Literacy which helps offset some of the programmatic operational costs.

In exchange, partner benefits include:

  • A highly trained member that receives over 100 hours of professional development
  • Full time instructor valued at $40,000 annually providing a wide array of services
  • Increased support to meet and/or exceed performance measures that support learners receiving high quality education AND demonstrating post-assessment level gains in alignment with Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education & Literacy Content Standards
  • Enhanced visibility within the city to promote awareness and encourages student/client enrollment and retention

AmeriCorps Partners

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)


Chinese Community Centers (CCC)

Community Family Centers (CFC)

East Side University Village Community Learning Center (ESU)

House of Amos

Literacy Advance of Houston

La Raza United

Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM)

Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston (SBCGH)

West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM)


For additional information, please contact: Program Manager; W. KaNeesha Allen at kaneesha.allen@houliteracy.org



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Our Mission

In order to boost the economy of Houston, Houston Center for Literacy strengthens providers of adult education who, in turn, provide necessary skills for underemployed citizens to fulfill their potential and become economically self-sufficient.

Our Vision

We envision a city where every adult is equipped with the basic skills they need to qualify for jobs that will allow them to support their families and thrive as prosperous, independent, successful members of our society.