Transforming Lives Through Literacy

How to Help

  • Tutor 2-3 hours per week
  • Refer someone for tutoring
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer your expertise

Our Vision

We envision a community where all adults have the literacy skills that enable them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our Mission

We provide free, one-to-one tutoring for adults reading at or below 6th grade level. We work with both Basic Literacy students and new English learners.

Copyright © Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program

PO Box 1113, Española, NM 87532   •   505-747-6162 (office)  505-614-5748 (cell)


Physical address:  Española Public Library at Lucero Center, 313 Paseo de Oñate





According to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, 46% of adult New Mexicans read below the 6th grade level.

Just imagine if you couldn’t…

  • Complete a job application

  • Read medicine labels
  • Use a map
  • Understand road signs
  • Order from a printed menu
  • Register to vote
  • Read stories to your children

For people who can’t read or write, these simple tasks are impossible.


About 25% of Rio Arriba County residents lack basic literacy skills. About one in three have limited literacy skills, which means they struggle to read the newspaper or fill out job applications.

When people can’t read, they face an uncertain future

Adult literacy students often make big changes in their lives as their abilities improve:

  • advance in employment

  • leave public assistance
  • enroll in higher education

NM Coalition
for Literacy

New English-as-a-Second-Language tutors with their tutor certificates, May 2017



Next Tutor Training: fall, 2017




Annual Raffle!

$5 per ticket, or 5 tickets for $20

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The 2nd annual Rock 'n Reps for Reading
was held despite a late-spring snowstorm!