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 initiative was founded in 1983 by OWD.

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. The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative meets five times a year to share best practices, coordinate efforts, work on professional development, and advocate for the city’s adult literacy ecosystem.