When literacy works, people work.


Mark Conlee, Director

“He would sit next to me at every team meal and never failed to order the exact same food.”

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, I am the oldest child of two wonderful parents, Chris and Karin, and the brother to an outstanding sister, Annika. I am currently a junior at the University of Alabama double majoring in Finance and Accounting.

You may wonder how a finance and accounting major from Memphis ends up with a heart for childhood literacy in Tuscaloosa. Fair question.



Equip People in Literacy


Employ People for Life


Empower People in Leadership


…a world of possibilities, a world previously undiscovered!

“When you help a child learn to read, you have given a gift of immense value. You have just given a girl or boy the world- a world of imagination, a world of possibilities, a world previously undiscovered! As a volunteer in a literacy program, you have the immense satisfaction of having launched an explorer! Your own horizons will be expanded as well…definitely a “win-win” for volunteer and student!”
– Gina Ennis

…someone cares and wants them to succeed not only in learning, but to succeed in life.

“It has been said that until the end of second grade, children learn to read; from third grade they read to learn! I can’t think of a better use of my time than to help a student learn words that can improve his/her ability to read, comprehend, and succeed. Teachers do not have 30 minutes to spend with an individual child, and unfortunately, parents may not either, but I do! The “one on one” time lets each student know someone cares and wants them to succeed not only in learning to read, but to succeed in life.”
– Lynne Lichtermann


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