The Adult Learner Leadership Institute:
Several people seated around table, working together

  • Builds learners’ self-esteem and confidence.
  • Develops learners’ public speaking, communication, goal-setting, and other leadership skills.
  • Supports learners in advocating for themselves and their families.
  • Supports networking and relationship-building.

The Adult Learner Leadership Institute is offered two to three weekends per year.  Adult learners who previously graduated from the Institute lead workshops and guide participants through exercises that develop their skills and confidence.

Recent graduates report that the Institute helped them earn their high-school diploma, get promotions, find new jobs, take responsibility for their personal finances, and participate in community meetings.

How to Participate

Adult learners who have been enrolled in a California Library Literacy Services program for at least six months are eligible to apply to attend the Adult Learner Leadership Institute. The program is best suited to learners who have improved their literacy skills and demonstrated leadership potential.

Program staff distribute application materials for the Institute through the California Library Literacy Services listserv.

Please contact us with any questions and to find out more about helping learners to apply.

The Adult Learner Leadership Institute was founded in memory of Henry Huffman, an extraordinary learner leader of the Santa Clara County Reading Program.

Video Testimonials

Hear firsthand from learners who have participated in the Adult Learner Leadership Institute. The Adult Learner Leadership Institute video project was coordinated by Common Knowledge.


ALLI Learners Becoming Leaders (5:43)

Get Involved in Your Community.  Adult Learners share their experiences with volunteering in their communities. (5:49)

Volunteer At Your Local School. ALLI learners share how they chose become active in their children’s schools. (4:02)

Gregory Hill (1:35)

Speak Out for Literacy (5:41) Adult learners from the 2011 Adult Learner Leadership Institute share their stories.

The Adult Learner Leadership Institute is part of the Literacy Initiatives program which is supported in, in whole or in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.