The Community Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a literacy coalition that seeks to empower community leaders, parents, and residents to improve literacy for all ages in West Michigan.
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CLI is a new formation of the coalition formerly known as Greater Grand Rapids Reads. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is honored to facilitate CLI, to provide staffing and resources to the work of the coalition, and to collaborate with volunteers who were involved with the coalition in the past.
CLI strives to connect all sectors of the community to encourage collaboration and leveraging of resources and promote education about literacy issues. CLI organizes an annual Community Literacy Summit, manages the bilingual Community Literacy Directory, and collects and reports benchmark literacy data to the community. CLI provides a monthly newsletter and Neighborhood Literacy Forums for networking and sharing successful literacy practices.
CLI is currently funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation. The coalition targeted the Central and West Hope Zone neighborhoods during its pilot year (2011-2012), is currently working in the East Hope Zone (2012-2013), and will expand to the South Hope Zone next year (2013-2014). We partner with community organizations to ensure coordination of efforts in the Hope Zones. CLI will work with all of West Michigan as appropriate.