Our Why

Birmingham Jumpstart was founded on April 26, 2018, to continue education in Alabama. We serve as a public resource for native English Adult Literacy, GED Preparation and Exam Completion, ESL/ESOL (specific classes designed for adult ELL students & English Language Acquisition), Family Literacy (parent and child attend class sessions together), Literacy Workshops, and Zoom Reading Classes.

In Birmingham, a variety of programs primarily focus on literacy acquisition for children. However, our program places a concentrated and acute focus on adults and improving their literacy and academic skills.

Always Remember Your “Why!”

Alabama faces a critical education challenge: Our state ranks 44th in higher education, and lower education rates lead to associated problems of poverty, depression, crime, and incarceration. Incarceration without sufficient rehabilitation increases recidivism. Birmingham, in particular, saw a worrying rise in homicides, a staggering number of 144, in 2022. To find a number that high, for example, you would have to leap back 30 years when there were 141 homicides recorded. This highlights the need for positive change in our communities.

Birmingham Jumpstart is fighting back: We empower adults by providing free English language class sessions that foster a supportive community that prioritizes learning and growth. We offer safe spaces, quality engagement, and practical social connections to accelerate a student’s progress.

Your contribution matters: By donating your time or money, you directly impact lives. Your donation helps adults read medical instructions (understanding their prescriptions correctly), pursue GEDs, or learn English, which in turn opens doors to better jobs, healthcare, and community integration.

Every learner receives personalized learning and our undivided attention as we work towards a more literate and thriving Birmingham.

Join us today: Partner with Birmingham Jumpstart to eradicate adult illiteracy and build a brighter future for our city. Together, we can break the cycle and empower individuals to reach their full potential.

As we share the gift of literacy and adult education, we are impactfully changing people’s lives each week in Birmingham, Alabama.


Birmingham Jumpstart, Inc. is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent that is allowable and permitted by law. Click the links to read more about our ‘donor specific’ Donor Privacy Policy, and our newly revised Privacy Policy.

Tax ID is #82-5339629. You may submit your inquiries to us at [email protected].

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Do you have a strong desire to give back to help make your local community better? Learn how you can get involved with Birmingham Jumpstart today.

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