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Community Literacy Initiative

The Community Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a literacy coalition that seeks to empower community leaders, parents, and residents to improve literacy for all ages in West Michigan.

For references to the data points in this video, please see the notes section on YouTube.

CLI is a new formation of the coalition formerly known as Greater Grand Rapids Reads. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is honored to facilitate CLI, to provide staffing and resources to the work of the coalition, and to collaborate with volunteers who were involved with the coalition in the past.

CLI is currently funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation. The coalition targeted the Central and West Hope Zone neighborhoods during its pilot year (2011-2012), then expanded to include the East Hope Zone (2012-2013), the South Hope Zone (2013-2014), and now has begun work in the West Grand Neighborhood (2014-2015).  We partner with community organizations to ensure coordination of efforts in the Hope Zones.