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Trident Literacy Association

Literacy Leads

When it comes to success, literacy leads the way. At Trident Literacy Association our programs and resources help shape informed, involved and productive citizens within our community.


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Improving Lives


Being a volunteer for Trident Literacy Association is life-changing not only for our clients but for our volunteers as well. Our volunteers oftentimes develop relationships that last a lifetime. What happens here is truly meaningful and transformational. There are several ways to volunteer with us. We invite you to learn more and consider being a part of our team.


In order to achieve our mission and vision, we need support from our community. We need donors who believe in the work that we do. Every single donation goes toward helping adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills. Thank you for considering a donation to Trident Literacy Association.

What we do

Our Services

Educational Programs

From GED programs to English as a Second Language (ESL) to computer skills training, we offer a variety of individualized and small group instruction for adults—all designed to help our clients excel in life.

Job Support

Gainful employment is a core element of a healthy home and a feeling of accomplishment. We offer several programs to assist our clients in finding rewarding employment to support themselves and their families.

Childhood Literacy

Through our partnership with Charleston County First Steps, we offer a free early childhood program for our clients who have children between the ages of 18 months and 4 years old. Getting children ready for a lifetime of success.

Family Literacy

Parents or guardians are their children’s first teachers and family literacy allows parents and children to learn and grow together. Family literacy is offered to all of our clients who have a child enrolled in our early childhood program.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Trident Literacy Association exists for the sole purpose of helping adults throughout the Lowcountry reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills.

Upcoming Events

Mar. 5, 2020 - Founders Award Luncheon

March is International Women’s Month and to mark the occasion, Trident Literacy Association is planning a special luncheon event to honor five outstanding women leaders in our community.

Sept. 8, 2020 - International Literacy Day

Save the date! International Literacy Day is held each year on Sept. 8 to promote the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda toward a more literate and sustainable society.


Success Stories


Sam was a teenager who was sent unwillingly to Trident Literacy Association by South Carolina DSS and was not happy to be back in “school.” He was resistant to learning and just wanted to earn his release. But a funny thing happens when people who desperately need to improve their skills come together to learn. Read Sam’s success story.


Elizabeth dropped out of school in 11th grade. She worked low-wage jobs until marrying and having children, but divorce at age 26 forced her back into the job market to support her children. When her employer discovered that she did not have a high school diploma, she found herself facing the loss of the job she loved and her family’s lone source of income. Read Elizabeth’s success story.


Vanessa was an honor-roll student when she left home at the age of 14. She moved in with her boyfriend at 15 years old, dropped out of school and got pregnant. For several years as a single mother she lived on welfare, bouncing from job to job. After a while, she realized she was on the wrong path and came to Trident Literacy to study for her GED. Read Vanessa’s success story.

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Sharing Our Impact

Google for the Win

On Sept. 25, 2019, we opened reopened our Goose Creek location thanks to a grant from our friends at Google. Because of their commitment to literacy, we were able to give our learning facility in Goose Creek a total facelift. It is community partnerships such as this that allow us to truly make a difference in the lives of those who come to us for support. Thank you, Google!

Achieving Success

More than 40 students earned their GED and we celebrated their accomplishment during our annual Achievement Ceremony on Aug. 6, 2019, at the North Charleston Coliseum, Montague Terrace. This event showcases the real lives that are changed through our programs and the donors who make all of this possible. Congratulations to all of our graduates! Job well done!