Dollar General believes learning to read, receiving your GED®, or learning the English language is an investment that opens doorways for personal, professional, and economic growth. That is why our commitment to literacy remains strong. It is the one gift that no one can take away – the one gift that lasts a lifetime.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating 20 years of helping individuals learn to read, prepare for the GED, or learn English. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $81 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 4.7 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills.
In high school, Jessica was a good student and loved school, but had to drop out because of family issues. Years later, as a mother of five, she was inspired to go back to school when her sister-in-law earned her GED through the AAMA Adelante program. Jessica signed up for a GED class and quickly rediscovered her love of learning. She finished the program in just three months and led her class as valedictorian.
For more than 43 years, AAMA has inspired and empowered at-risk Latinos to pursue their potential and achieve success. Adelante, which means “to move forward,” provides ESL, GED, and computer literacy instruction to more than 1,400 adult learners each year at seven locations in the greater Houston area. Through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, AAMA Adelante developed a project to help students transition from the GED program to community college. Initial sessions are taught by Houston Community College instructors on the AAMA campus and then students attend HCC as a cohort for the semester-long college orientation class.
As a student in AAMA Adelante’s first Transitions class, Jessica explored career options, developed a career plan for herself, learned about resources at the community college, and successfully applied for financial aid. Now, she is working towards an associate’s degree and pursuing her dream of becoming a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.