Our Why

Established in April 2018, Birmingham Jumpstart has been created to continue education in Alabama. We serve as a public resource for Adult Literacy, GED Preparation & Testing, ESL/English Language Acquisition, College and Technical School Readiness, and Zoom Reading Classes.

In Birmingham, there are a variety of programs that primarily focus on the literacy needs of children. However, our program places a concentrated and intentional focus on adults and improving their literacy and academic skills. Our beginner literacy curriculum builds off the fundamental work of Laubach. His teaching methods have taught millions of people to read. Additionally, our literacy curriculum is ESL (English as a Second Language), friendly.

Click to learn more about Frank Charles Laubach.

More advanced learners take the TABE test to assess their grade placement. Following the test, they are given a personalized curriculum (under Alabama State Department of Education standards).

Our GED program prepares students for their High School exit exam. Our classes provide study materials, test-taking strategies, and practice tests. Scholarships are available to provide funds to take the GED test.

Currently, Alabama is ranked 46th in education. Our state’s lack of education negatively influences our community. Lower education rates create higher probabilities for crime, depression, and recidivism. Birmingham Jumpstart’s goal is to foster an empowering, education-based community for our city. By investing in people, we hope to create a safer, healthier community for everyone.

We offer virtual classes as well as limited in-person class sessions. Please fill out the Student Sign-up form and we will get you connected to one of our class sessions. All adult classes are available at no charge and are open to the public.

Adult education can dramatically change people’s lives. Birmingham Jumpstart’s classrooms offer free materials, social connections, and safe spaces to learn in. By donating time or monetary funds, you are empowering a person to reach their goals. Perhaps it is an adult learner being able to read their prescription, or giving a young adult a second chance at obtaining their GED for trade school or continuing education, or an immigrant learning English. Whoever comes to us for aid in academics will receive our undivided attention. Partner with us today as we seek to eradicate adult illiteracy and improve education 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 as allowable and permitted by law. Our Tax ID is #82-5339629.

OUR MISSION

Birmingham Jumpstart is a grassroots organization with a mission to serve the local community by providing learning curricula that will improve and enhance the academic skills of our adult neighbors.

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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 Birmigham Jumpstart.

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Education is a human right for everyone.

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

Come learn with Birmingham Jumpstart today.

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