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About Us

The mission of Blue Ridge Literacy is to support achievement of life goals by providing opportunities to strengthen literacy skills to adults in western VA

Our Team
Russ Merritt from Blue Ridge Literacy
Russ Merritt
Products & Services

English for Speakers of Other Languages

We are the leading provider of literacy services in the region, teaching over 500 persons (mostly immigrant and refugee) English literacy skills including reading, writing, conversation, and comprehension. We work with adult learners in both classroom and one-on-one settings, and provide on-site...

Citizenship Preparation

Blue Ridge Literacy is the largest citizenship preparation program in the region, with over 300 persons going through our service and becoming US citizens in recent years. Eligible adults are trained for citizenship in both one-on-one and classroom settings, with a 95% success rate. BRL staff...
Past Events & Promotions
The annual Blue Ridge Literacy Scrabble Tournament, now in its 11th year, is presented by HomeTrust Bank, and is open to al levels of play. The tournament is a fund raiser for the regional adult Literacy program, helping to fund efforts to teach English skills to illiterate adults (mostly...