Investing in all people to create a safer and healthier community.

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Literacy Programs

Our beginner literacy curriculum builds off of the fundamental work of Laubach.

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GED Prep

Our classes provide study materials, test-taking strategies, and practice tests.

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ESL Courses

We help those whose native language isn’t English navigate literacy.

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Personalized Learning Plans

We understand that every learner has unique strengths, challenges, and aspirations. Our flexible curricula allow students to progress at their own pace, mastering essential skills in:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing and composition
  • Numeracy and number sense
  • Basic literacy
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED preparation and testing
  • Zoom reading enrichment

Step-by-Step Approach

Our step-by-step methodology ensures learners build a solid foundation before advancing to more complex concepts. With patience and encouragement, we guide each student through a structured yet adaptable journey and celebrate their milestones.

Community Impact

By investing in adult education, we aim to uplift our entire community. Improved literacy and academic proficiency open doors to better employment prospects, increased civic engagement, and a higher quality of life for our neighbors.

A look at BHM Jumpstart:


The year Birmingham Jumpstart was founded

Now with 390+

class sessions administered per year


board members

Literacy, ESL, GED, and Zoom

programs offered for free to members of the community

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“Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment.”

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”

-Irina Bokova