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YWCA of Pekin Adult Literacy Center Hours:

Monday - Thursday:  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Friday:  By Appointment (8:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Saturday: By Appointment (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Sunday: CLOSED


NOTE: We follow all YWCA Pekin Holiday Closures. Office hours may change with little notice - please call and leave a message or send us an email. Thank you in advance for your understanding

Contact Us:

(309) 347-2104 x 4040

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Heart of Illinois Adult Literacy Center

What we do:

Our mission is to provide all adults the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives through literacy. We are a volunteer tutor program that provides assistance in Adult Basic Education, or ABE, in reading, writing, and math. We also work with learners of English as a learned/second language (ELL/ESL) and GED preparation. All of our programs are free to residents in and around Tazewell County.

We are primarily funded by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the office of Secretary of State*. In addition, we are recipients of the Adult Literacy Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation and AARP OATS.

What we offer:

  • Adult Basic Education

  • English as a Learned/Second Language (ELL/ESL)

  • GED Preparation

  • Online Tutor Training

  • Community Programs & Events

Who we need…. YOU!

We are always in need of volunteer tutors – no experience necessary! We welcome adult learners at any time throughout the year. Tutors and learners meet one-on-one at agreed upon locations outside of the home, and work with the literacy center staff so we can tailor the lessons to the learner. Please call or stop in to the office and we would be happy to help answer any questions and show you around the learning center.

Other ways to help:

  • Like, Follow, and Share us on Facebook

  • Please share about us with everyone!

  • We are happy to present information about our program at your community meetings

  • Look for us at community events

  • If you would like to DONATE to our program, please click on the box at the top of our screen and select Adult Literacy for your donation. Thank you!

What's Happening at the Literacy Center

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Share the Love is an event for our enrolled  learners and tutors to celebrate all their hard work this year! This event is for program participants and staff only, thank you. 


FREE Digital Literacy Classes
in person at Pekin Miller Senior Center
OR Online via ZOOM
Click on picture above for information
and class schedule!


Click on the logo above to check out this great site with FREE resources and classes for seniors brought to you by  Senior Planet

Did you know?

When you shop at Dollar General, you help  support Family Literacy! Look for items with this logo at your local Dollar General and 100% of the proceeds from that product goes to literacy efforts across the county, including ours!

Already enrolled as a learner or tutor? 

Click below for access to tools and links that will help you be successful in our program.

* This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designed for literacy. 

Thank you to @DollarGeneral Literacy Foundation for our 2022 adult literacy grant! Funding received will support our GED learners.


Thank you to AARP for funds awarded to provide the Digital Skills Ready @50+ Program in our community to serve seniors. 

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