Programs for Adults
Adult Learner Program
We have awarded $140,000 to adult learners since 2002.
$500 Bursary (open to applications in November)
This bursary is a $500 grant for adults who are working toward a grade 12 certificate or grade 12 equivalency (GED).
This scholarship is awarded to someone who has demonstrated determination in completing their GED and plans to continue their education.
2017 Winner Kyla Thomson
“Making the decision to return to school has been one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences of my life.”
Agnes MacDonald winner of the PEI Literacy Alliance Adult Bursary
“Now that I am finished and graduation is upon me this week, I can’t begin to explain the way I feel. Excited, grateful, emotional, confident all rolled up into one. It’s just an amazing feeling, and I never expected it. I would recommend returning to school to anyone, at any age. Remember: ‘better late than never.'”
of working aged Islanders have low-literacy skills
“At 57 years of age, I am just learning how much I have missed out on by not being able to read. Literacy Alliance has helped me over the last two years. I have a great tutor. My reading and spelling have improved a lot.”
PEI Volunteers for Literacy Program participant Doug Curtis
“I decided I wanted to better myself and further my education. I was scared. I didn’t think I was smart enough to do it. Then a good friend said to me, ‘Norma, you are smart and very capable of getting your GED. You deserve it.’ My partner has also been very supportive of my decision to go back to school. ‘The only way one fails at something at something is when you don’t try,’ he said. So, with those things in mind and the encouragement of my friends and family, I enrolled at Holland College.”
Norma Stac is a winner of a PEI Literacy Alliance Adult Bursary
“I believe learning to read is empowering. It puts each person in better touch with their world and gives them confidence. Without exception, my learners have been excited about their new ability and have been more hopeful about their future.”
Volunteer tutor Margaret Knox
PEI Volunteers for Literacy
This program is the only free one-to-one literacy tutoring program for adults in PEI.
Our volunteer tutors are provided with professional development, resources, support and tutor matching services.
There are no volunteer openings at this time.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”Stephen King