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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

Jason Brady, President

Kathryn Besch, Vice President

Marnalee Lopez, Student Liaison

Seema Ali

Wasim Ali

Roman Darmer

Nancy Englebrecht

Ruth Faer

Lamar Hill

Eve-Marie Kuntzman

Gail McIntosh

Farah Mozaffar

Carolyn Scheer*

Amy Tan

Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator

Francine Jacome, 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

2015 Meeting Dates: January 13, March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, November 10


Major Corporate/Foundation Sponsors

City of Newport Beach

Friends of the Newport Beach Library

Kling Family Foundation

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary

Pacific Life Foundation

Pacific Western Bank

STARCARE Foundation

State of California

Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Union Bank Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Windes & McClaughry

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Local Business In-Kind Support

Along Came A Spider

Aquarium of the Pacific

Avila's El Ranchito

Beauty Collection

Body Essentials Company

Brighton Collectibles

Champagnes Bistro & Deli

Davey's Locker

The Festival of Arts


Glo Nail Bar

Gulfstream Restaurant

Harborside Restaurant

Islands Restaurant

Jerry & Sally Hasson

J.P. Maxwell

The Laguna Playhouse

Library Hotel New York

Marmi Shoes

McKee & Company Home

Nekter Juice Bar

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Newport Landing Restaurant

Olive Oil & Beyond

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Port Theater

Radisson Hotel Newport Beach

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Rose Bakery Cafe

Rothschild's Restaurant

Santa Catalina Island Company

Savory Spice Shop

Sawdust Art & Crafts Festival

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Soka Performing Arts Center

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Summer House, CDM

Sur La Table

Tommy Bahama Restaurant

Top Dog Barkery

Trattoria Mediterranean Restaurant

Universal Studios Hollywood

Vin Goat

Wine Gallery

Zinc Cafe & Market

Major Individual Sponsors

Anonymous Donors

Sandra R. Beckman

Margaret Gates

Carol Hazelwood

Ryan Heath

Jai Bok Kim

Mrs. & Mr. Tiare Meegan

Natasha Palmaer

Christopher Poole

Carol Preusch

Carolyn Scheer Luce


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