The Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center (RGVLC) was founded in 2006 as a faith-based 501c3 non-profit organization. It was initially known as the Pharr Literacy Project, Inc. The organization and the local community leaders recognized the need for adult basic education classes, ESL, and GED in order to improve economic opportunities for the residents of the City of Pharr.
Realizing that this was no longer a small "project", the Board of Directors voted to change the name from the Pharr Literacy Project, Inc. and Cultural Arts Center to the Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center. On August 13, 2013, the name change became official, and the organization began doing business as the Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center (RGVLC).
The two leading adult literacy programs in Texas, Literacy Texas and Literacy CoNnexus, supported wholeheartedly the new RGVLC.
In January 2018, RGVLC became a member of ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization nationwide and worldwide.
In 2023 RGVLC won the prestigious Library of Congress Literacy Award.
Today the RGVLC offers classes to the residents in Hidalgo County - in the cities of Alamo, Alton, Donna, Edcouch Elsa, Edinburg, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Penitas, Pharr, Progresso, San Juan, and Weslaco. Its goal is to eventually offer classes in additional communities and counties in order to bring about systemic change in the Rio Grande Valley.