18 Sep

Project Second Chance’s Annual Recognition Event

It is estimated that one in five adults in California struggles with reading, such that they would be unable to handle basic literacy tasks. Project Second Chance (PSC) is the Contra Costa County Library Adult Literacy Program. PSC offers free, confidential, one-on-one basic literacy instruction to people who read or write below the 6th grade level.

Last Thursday night, I was honored to say a few words at PSC’s annual recognition event to honor students and teachers from all over the County. The event was well attended and highlighted the student publication, In Our Words.

Students must be over 16 years of age, out of high school, and speak English well enough to communicate over the telephone and in-person. While many PSC students are native English speakers, many others are non-native English speakers who can benefit from tutoring sessions that are conducted in English.

Project Second Chance was founded in 1984 and since that time, PSC has helped more than 5,700 county residents develop skills to read to their children, vote, advance at work, write to family and friends, read the newspaper, follow directions, acquire their high school diploma, and perhaps most significantly of all, feel better about themselves.

If you know an adult who need help with reading, writing, or spelling, please encourage them to call one of the PSC offices or their local library. Or, if you’d like to become a tutor you can find more information about Project Second Chance at

Contra Costa County’s District IV includes the Cities of Clayton, Concord,
Pleasant Hill and a portion of Walnut Creek.

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