The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI) is a consortium of 29 adult literacy programs throughout the city of Boston that are funded through at least one of two sources: the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Adult & Community Learning Services (ACLS) unit and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD).

The ALI’s member programs provide adult learners with a wide range of services, including basic literacy skills classes, high school equivalency exam preparation, distance learning, job skills training, college preparation, and English language classes for non-native speakers.

Founded in 1983 by the OWD (then known as the Office of Jobs and Community Services), the Boston Adult Literacy Initiative is coordinated by Ann Wong, the OWD’s adult literacy & special projects program coordinator. The ALI meets five times a year to share best practices, coordinate efforts, work on professional development, and advocate for the city’s adult literacy ecosystem.