In 1997, the Congregation of St. Joseph honored its 125 years of service to the Diocese of Cleveland by providing start-up funds to an organization that incorporated its ministry: Seeds of Literacy. Seeds was designed to be a free and easily accessible adult literacy program offered to residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Seeds recruited volunteers to tutor students, and developed volunteer tutor-training sessions, materials and supplies. The one-to-one, individualized curriculum developed by Seeds helped build relationships of trust between tutors and students, and accommodated students at all levels of academic achievement.
In 2005, Seeds underwent significant organizational changes. In addition to receiving national accreditation from ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy organization in the world, we also became a separate 501(c)3 organization, changing the board of directors structure from an advisory to a governing board.
Today, Seeds is serving over 900 active students with the help of approximately 250 volunteer tutors. In addition to our west side location, we also serve students on Cleveland’s east side through our Kinsman Avenue location that opened in the fall of 2014.
We offer open enrollment, year-round classes, and a customized digital literacy curriculum. We also provide students supplementary opportunities such as job fairs, career planning, and assistance with exploring options for higher education.