Who are we?

Our Mission

Empowering the communities we serve through lifelong learning.

Our Administration

Our History

In 1986, Literacy West NY, Inc. (LWNY) was formed under the name Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County, Inc. (LVAC) with the vision to increase literacy and ultimately the quality of life for residents of Allegany County.

From 1986 to 1994, the focus was on providing reading and writing tutoring exclusively to adults.

In 1994, a youth peer tutoring program was initiated at Wellsville Central School. This program was very popular and the program expanded to the majority of school districts within the county.

In 2009, LWNY was awarded the prestigious Literacy Zone grant. The LWNY facility was transformed into the cooperative CORE Learning Center and is now a one-stop center for services providing disability, financial, health, educational, workforce, and other related resources and services.

In 2010, LWNY was awarded an additional Literacy Zone Grant in Wyoming County for the Wyoming Works Learning Center in Warsaw.

In 2011, LWNY was awarded a National Demonstration Grant to develop a career pathways program for Allegany County, targeting low skilled adults. As a result, LWNY develop model career pathways program and transformed all the agencies services.

Ranked #1 Adult Education program by the New York State Department of Education

In 2006-2007, LWNY ranked number one in program performance for adult education programs according to the adult education report card by the NY Department of Education. LWNY consistently ranks in the top quartile in the state for program performance.

In 2008, the youth peer tutoring PEERWORX® curriculum was copyrighted and the NY Department of Education approved LWNY as a Supplemental Education Service Provider. LWNY was a lead agency in forming the Creating Opportunities in Rural Education (CORE) – a collaboration of approximately 70 organizations focused on addressing the literacy, educational, and workforce challenges throughout Allegany County. Also in 2008, LWNY merged with Literacy Volunteers of Wyoming County and began to provide services to communities within both Allegany and Wyoming counties.

Literacy West Territory- Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties highlighted

In 2016, LWNY expanded service delivery to the Cattaraugus County area. Followed by the newest expansion to the Livingston County area in 2017. We now serve an area (4,902 mi²) just shy of the size of Connecticut!

Youth services expanded as well in 2016-2017, with the addition of programs at the Genesee Valley, Andover and Friendship School Districts in Allegany County. At present, we offer afterschool programs at Belfast Central School, Fillmore Central School, Friendship Central School and STEAM Programs at Genesee Valley Central School.

Belfast Central School (K-4)- Legos Club, Art Club, Explorers Club, Dance Club

Fillmore Central School (6-12)- Vibe Tribe, Trailblazers Club, Fab Lab Club, Technovation Club

Friendship Central School (6-12)- Grub Club, Fab Lab Club, Homesteading Club, Music Club

Genesee Valley Central School (PreK3)- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)

Undoubtedly throughout the years our organization has grown and our name has changed, however our mission remains the same. By empowering the communities we serve through lifelong learning, we continue to make an impact as an adult education organization in New York State. Our community classrooms have undergone a name change from Literacy West to CORE The Learning Center. CORE, Creating Opportunities in Rural Education, encompasses all of the programs and services that we are able to offer our communities. As such, our classrooms offer so much more than reading and writing classes. We are a nonprofit agency that offers community resources at no cost to the participant. Adult programming in GED prep, ESOL and Civics, Vocational training and certifications, Workforce Readiness, Digital Literacy/ Computer classes, and more allows individuals the wrap around services necessary to reach their fullest potential. Our organization offers individuals an opportunity to learn in an environment that embodies a more innovative approach to learning, recognizing that classes structured like primary school might not be best suited for the learning styles of our participants. Presently we have School based programs available in Belfast, Genesee Valley, Fillmore and Friendship School Districts.

Proudly serving Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties for over 30 years.

We’re here to help you achieve more today!

CORE The Learning Center is a division of Literacy West NY, Inc.