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Augustus F. Hawkins Literacy Center

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.

The Augustus F. Hawkins Literacy Program is hosted at the Charles Martin Youth Center and open to students in grades 3+. The program’s goal is to improve reading and reading comprehension for students that are struggling with literacy skills. Our ultimate goal is to ensure students are reading at grade level. 

Literacy Center 2017-2018 

The Literacy Center 2017-2018 Program enrollment has started!  Classes are from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesdays. The program is targeted for students in grades 3rd – 5th.  For more information view our brochure. 

Literacy Center Brochure

Please complete form below by September 11th to sign up for the program. For more information contact or 574-280-7092.



Volunteers and Mentors Needed! 

If you are interested in helping students achieve their reading goals, please sign up to volunteer. Send an email to or The classes meet from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday starting September 12th. 

Students are assisted by volunteers from St. Mary’s College and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Additional support for the program is provided by PNC BANK, United Way of St. Joseph County, Eaton Corporation and Memorial Hospital.

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