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North Coast Conversations: The Humboldt Literacy Project

Since 1981, The Humboldt Literacy Project has been connecting adults with tutors to help them learn how to read and write in English.

This week, I met with Emma Breacain to learn more about how the HLP is working to help the estimated 13,000 people in Humboldt county who are considered functionally illiterate, meaning that they read below a fifth grade level. Another 23,000 people in our county read below an eighth grade level. The HLP aims to help adults in a respectful, non-judgmental manner, and they are always looking for tutors to help facilitate their goals.

To learn more about joining the program as either a learner or a tutor, please visit, or call (707) 445-3655

Thank you for listening and stay tuned for more episodes of North Coast Conversations as we explore more of what the North Coast has to offer.

Alejandro Zepeda has worked for KHSU since early 2020, providing news, PSA’s, and an interview show called North Coast Conversations to the station.