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About Us

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

Provide free, personalized education to empower adults to thrive in our community.

Our Vision

Seeds of Literacy will deliver quality education that inspires a desire for a lifetime of learning. Seeds will provide an up-to-date, well-resourced program that meets the needs of our students. In partnership with other organizations, Seeds will be influential in breaking the cycle of poverty by strengthening our community through the transformed lives of our students. 

Our Values

  • Respect: We believe in the dignity of all and value the worth and potential of each person we serve.
  • Inclusiveness: We appreciate and understand the rich culture and heritage of all we serve.
  • Excellence: We deliver outstanding programs in the field of literacy, and we strive to implement the best practices.
  • Compassion: We guide students with patience and understanding while providing an environment that encourages learning and creativity.
  • Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest personal and professional standards and are guided by honesty, candor, and fairness in all our relationships.

What We Do - By the Numbers

What We Do

  • GED® / TASC / HiSET preparation and basic education for adults, completely free of charge
  • One-to-one tutoring that provides personalized attention and support for maximized learning
  • A unique curriculum designed to meet the specific needs of each individual student
  • A flexible class schedule
  • Year-round, open enrollment
  • New in 2020 – our unique program now offered online! Two ways to learn: Physical Classroom & virtual Classroom

By the Numbers

  • 75% GED test section pass rate for students
  • 1,100+ adults served last year
  • 275+ active volunteers

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

  • Only adult literacy program in Ohio nationally accredited by ProLiteracy
  • 2020 COABE National Award – “Local Excellence in Advocacy”
  • 2019 Crains Women in Education – Bonnie Entler
  • 2018 ProLiteracy Hero Award-Winner
  • 2018 Leadership Cleveland Class – Bonnie Entler, Seeds’ Executive Director
  • 2016 Philanthropy Tank Winner, Runner-up – African-American Philanthropy Summit
  • 2016 National Adult Learner of the Year – Commission on Adult Basic Education
  • 2016 Administrator of the Year, Runner-up – Coalition on Adult Basic Education
  • 2015 Community Impact Award – Dominion East Ohio
  • 2015 State Administrator of the Year – Ohio Association of Adult and Continuing Education
  • 2014 “Who to Watch in Education” – Crain’s Cleveland Business (11/3/14)
  • 2014 Court Community Service Award for Nonprofit Excellence
  • 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Service
  • 2013 Nonprofit Best Practice – Governor Kasich’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
  • 2013 National Dollar General Literacy Foundation Student of the Year
  • 2007 National Dollar General Literacy Foundation Tutor of the Year

Associations

Community Partners - The Company We Keep

Funding Information

Seeds is able to offer 100% free services thanks to generous support from private donations from individuals, foundations, and grants.

EIN: 20-0884284

Read our Annual Reports.