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seven volunteers in a classroom learning how to be tutors

Tutor Training

1980: The first tutor training workshop is conducted to train tutors to teach English as a Second Language in response to the newly-arriving Southeast Asian refugees. (Use the arrows above to see other photos.)

Each One, Teach One

1981: A small group of people forms the Literacy Council of Brown County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and affiliates with the national literacy organization Laubach Literacy Action (LLA).

A New Home

1983: The first workshop to train tutors to teach Basic Literacy iss held.
1984: A Tutoring Center located in the lower level of the Madison Monroe building is opened.

Library for Literacy

1986: Our tutor lending library, which now hosts thousands of books.

New Leadership

1988: The organization is volunteer-led until the spring of 1988 when the first two staff members are hired: Evie Jensen, as Office Manager and Tori Rader, as the Executive Director.

1988: The Literacy Council of Brown County receives funding from the United Way of Brown County.

The Work Continues

A picture of an early tutoring pair.

Building a Legacy

1989: The organization establishes an endowment fund after the passing of long-time supporter Thomas P. Brogan. 


copy of newspaper story about Literacy Green Bay tutor

Programs Expand

1991: The first Program Coordinator is hired to oversee the growing tutoring program.

Spelling Bee

1993: The first Spelling Bee fundraiser is held.

Room to Grow

1994: Main office is relocated to 1st floor of the Madison-Monroe Building.

Better Together

1995: The Literacy Council expands its programming, with funding from the Cornerstone Foundation, to offer its first ESL large group class.

Class Program Grows

1995: The first ESL Class Coordinator is hired.

A Class Act

1997: ESL programming expands to 3 levels of classes with corporate support.

Family Focus

1998: Childcare is made available to students attending classes.

Futures for Families

1999: A coordinator is hired with federal dollars to begin the Greater Green Bay EvenStart Family Literacy Program.


newspaper clipping about learning English as family

New Programs

2000: Two new programs are created, Child Tutoring and Workforce Development, with funding from the Cornerstone Foundation.

Best in Show

2002: The Literacy Council of Brown County is recognized with the LLA Award of Excellence for Outstanding Literacy Program at a national convention in San Diego. The organization also received the Mayor's Civic Award for Outstanding Community Organization.

2002: The Literacy Council of Brown County attains national accreditation.

A Year of Firsts

2003: The first Scrabble Bee fundraiser is held.

2003: Our first computer lab opens.

Happy Anniversary!

2006: Literacy Green Bay celebrates its 25th anniversary! Our EvenStart Family Literacy Program is recognized with the First Lady Jessica Doyle Award for Family Literacy.

By Any Other Name

2008: Our name is changed from Literacy Council of Brown County to Literacy Green Bay.

Stellar Sisters

2009: Two volunteer tutors, Sr. Jeanne Jarvis and Sr. Carlotta Ullmer, are recognized as the Tutors of the Year by Wisconsin Literacy, for combined 10,000 hours of community service.

New Direction

2009: First Executive Director Tori Rader retires. Jennifer Nelson is hired as next Executive Director.


student and tutor

Heart of Gold

2012: Tutor Frank Czarnecki receives Merrill Lynch Heart of Gold at WPS Volunteer Award breakfast.

New Direction

2012: Jennifer Nelson resigns as Executive Director. Kathy Cornell named new Executive Director.

Ethics in Action

2014: Literacy Green Bay receives the nonprofit Ethics in Business Award from AFCS.

Walk for Literacy

2015: First Walk for Literacy held at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary​.

Built to Last

2016-2017: Equipped for the Future Renovation project kicks off with a Wall Breaking Ceremony. Renovation is completed in 2017.

Music for a Cause

2017: Literacy Green Bay is the Non-Profit partner for the 2017 Doctors in Recital show

Soaring Higher

2017: Literacy Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College forge a formal collaboration to ensure learners’ college and career readiness.

New Direction

2018: Robyn Hallet replaces Kathy Cornell as Executive Director after Kathy’s retirement

Overcoming Obstacles

2019: Literacy Green Bay is awarded the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Special Accomplishments award in recognition of obstacles overcome to make the 2017 classroom renovation possible.


teacher with computer teaching students  online

Safer at Home

2020: Literacy Green Bay moves all programs online to keep students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

40 Years of Literacy

2021: Literacy Green Bay celebrates its 40th anniversary while adhering to pandemic guidelines.

A Digital Workforce

2022: Literacy Green Bay establishes its digital literacy program to serve the changing needs of students.

New Direction

2023: Eric Sponholtz becomes Literacy Green Bay’s new executive director, replacing Robyn Hallet.
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