About Us



To empower adult learners to participate more meaningfully in our community through English language proficiency.  


To teach adults English skills that are necessary to function at home, on the job, and in the community.


We welcome diversity. We embrace cultural differences. We recognize the right of all individuals to mutual respect and acceptance without biases based on differences of any kind. 

Top: Sister Nora. Bottom: Ann & Ed Griffin

Humble Beginnings

Sister Nora

In 1994, Sister Nora Brick and Ed & Ann Griffin joined efforts and founded Project Light to teach English to adult speakers of other languages in our community. They felt that competency in English would equip the students with the confidence and skills necessary to fully participate as productive members of our community.


Founded on the principles of access, equality, dignity, and opportunity for all, Project Light continues to carry out its mission.


Our student population is diverse, representing Mexico; Central and South America; Haiti and the Caribbean.


We at Project Light see clearly the positive impact we have on our students. We see their smiling faces and joy when they get their first job... are better able to communicate with their children's teachers and help them with homework... are able to advocate for their families' health needs.

In addition our students are great advocates of our program as they become role models for their peers.

Project Light Student & Teachers

Project Light has operated continuously since 1994.  Except for a paid part-time director, our teachers, office workers, and Board of Directors are volunteers.  The hard work and dedication of all of these people is the foundation of Project Light. Project Light is a unique, highly accessible language and literacy center with morning and evening classes for English language learners.  Project Light is a non- profit and non-religious organization supported by grants, fund raisers and a large number of generous individuals and organizations.

2001 - An Old Garage Becomes a School




The Board of Project Light took a big step in 2001 when they bought an old garage and converted it into a school with a thrift store to support it. That building now has six classrooms, offices, and a library with a fenced parking lot.

2018 - The School Gets a Facelift



For Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in March 2018, volunteers from Project Light and the community painted, cleaned and redid the mural on the north side of the building. See the 'News' tab for picture of the mural.

Financial Information & Sponsors

Special thanks for interior paint donation to celebrate our 25 year anniversary.  

2088 12th St, Sarasota, 34237

Project Light of Manatee

1104 14th Street West

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 745-1659


Administrative Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 12 pm

Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Registration Conducted During These Hours

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