Who We Are


We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting learning and literacy throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Our VISION is a community where adults are empowered by literacy skills to be self-sufficient and to participate in the workforce, education and civic affairs.

Our MISSION is to provide needs-based instruction for adults in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in literacy, English, and citizenship, using trained volunteers.

History of Skyline

Skyline Literacy began in 1987 as a group of several independent adult literacy efforts who came together under the name Skyline Literacy Coalition.  At that time, our primary goal was to serve local adult learners who struggle with literacy, but we soon expanded that goal to include all types of adult learners, including non-native English speakers.  In May 2008, we moved from Dayton to Harrisonburg and changed our name to Skyline Literacy—the name under which we currently operate.

In our 30 years of serving the Valley’s literacy needs, the number of our adult learners has tripled from 100 to an annual average of 300.  We have also created a Citizenship Preparation class in order to help our adult learners who have emigrated from other countries obtain American citizenship, and we’ve added several satellite sites to better accommodate our learners.  As a nonprofit organization, we put the needs of our learners first and are dedicated to meeting to their needs, which is why we’ve developed a unique instructional approach that:

  • focuses on the needs of a rural community;

  • provides customized lessons for every learner, regardless of his or her mobility, flexibility, or other circumstances;

  • offers one-on-one and/or group instruction, based on our learners’ needs and goals;

  • places our learners under the instruction of well-educated, trained volunteers;

  • supplies comprehensive services for our learners, such as Citizenship Preparation; and

  • partners with other community organizations to order to deliver the best learning experience possible.