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The Mission of Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is to develop the literacy skills of adults to empower them to achieve greater success in their lives - at home, at work and in the community.

Since its inception in 1986, Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy has offered free, one-on-one tutoring and small group classes in basic literacy, to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area.  The program is open to adults, over 18 years-of-age, who are either native English speakers with low literacy skills or those who learned English as a second language.


Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy employs two part time staff.  The majority of support and tutoring is done by a dedicated volunteer base.  Find out how to become a volunteer.


The program is sponsored, in part, by the State of California and the City of Newport Beach.  However, most of our funding comes individual support and from local businesses that are committed to making a difference.  How you can help support Literacy Services.

Or make a donation online now.


Literally Speaking is the quarterly newsletter of the Literacy Services program.

Advisory Board

Farah Mozaffar, President

Suneel Jaitly, Vice President

Ruth Faer, Secretary

Minhdat Tran, Treasurer

Seema Ali

Wasim Ali

Jason Brady

Roman Darmer*

Lamar Hill


Eve Marie Kuntzman*

Gail McIntosh

Jan Oates

Carolyn Scheer*

Dave Sperling

Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator

Evelyn Hernandez, Literacy Assistant

*Honorary member

Advisory Board Meetings

Location: Conference Room, Central Library
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Dates: Second Tuesday, every odd month

The public is invited to attend all board meetings

2016 Meeting Dates: January 12, March 8, May 10, July 12, September 13, November 8


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