We work as a passionate ally for our partners and community , identifying gaps in service delivery, supporting program assessments and bringing together the best literacy resources in the county. We develop and mobilize the strengths of our partners.
We recognize that true literacy comes from building learning skills of successive generations in families. We are fiercely committed to partners who work towards whole-family and long term outcomes over the lifespan of individuals.
We know that increasing literacy levels means strengthening skills related to reading, numeracy, digital technology, workforce readiness, and health and financial acumen. We help our partners address these essential life skills in a collaborative, integrative fashion.
We address the impact of institutional racism, poverty, and limited access to opportunity in our community. We value all people irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, disability, family background, income, or citizenship. We support programs and partners throughout Genesee County with a purposeful focus on vulnerable learners and areas of greatest need.
We believe that the best role we can play is to coordinate and mobilize partners that offer program delivery themselves. We offer technical assistance and promote peer-to-peer learning so that our partners can provide the best service possible to the community.
We systematically seek quantifiable and credible proof of the value of our efforts. We help our partners establish outcome targets and strengthen program measurements.
We believe that our commitments to alignment and collaboration increase the impacts of all of our funders' contributions and decrease competition for limited resources.
The Flint community has been managing a variety of challenges for many years: a declining population, lack of access to healthy foods, and cuts to state funding for education. All of these issues have adversely affected community literacy in Flint and Genesee County, leading to troubling outcomes. Coupled with the exacerbating effects of the Flint Water Crisis, our community was forced to respond to the profound outpouring of local and national support for Flint’s children exposed to lead. As Flint continues to recover and rise from the water crisis, it seems we’re at a point where we should take a big-picture look at where we stand — and set our sights on where we want to be.
Fortunately, FGLN partners are now re-emerging on the other side of the crisis, able to deepen our focus on literacy. Our community-building efforts before the Water Crisis gave us a strong foundation, as we were better organized, experienced, and already working together. As a result of all of these factors, our literacy work has more momentum now than ever before, and the silver lining of the water crisis is that our community is more aligned, driven, and resilient. The average person sees the benefit of offering quality literacy programming at scale, and we know that investments in literacy will play a critical role in ensuring that Flint children have the resources and support they need to live healthy and happy lives, post-Water Crisis.