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Advancing Adult Literacy in NY since 1974

In NYS, there are over

3.4 Million

Individuals who lack their HS Diploma, English
language proficiency, or both

News & Events

    November 10, 2020
    Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County in the Spotlight!

    Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County is featured in Season 5 of "Small Business Revolution", available for streaming today. This season of Small Business Revolution was hit with the COVID crisis soon after filming began, and the show follows the small businesses highlighted as they work through the pandemic. LV Chautauqua is the subject of Episode 7. Here's to LV Chautauqua, as the organization continues to "transform lives"!

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    October 19, 2020
    Move Ahead With Adult Ed!

    Literacy New York is a proud partner of #MoveAheadWithAdultEd, a new national campaign enrolling adult learners into career training programs that equip them with skills that lead to jobs paying a family-sustaining wage. The campaign targets the millions of Americans who need to reskill or upskill to re-enter the workforce. For more information, visit https://coabe.org/moveaheadwithadulted/

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    September 25, 2020
    Adult Education and Literacy Week 2020

    This week, Literacy New York has been celebrating Adult Education and Literacy Week, a week where we recognize the hard work of programs and students. We engaged with 26 New York State Legislators via Zoom meetings, where we talked about the important work our providers do, and shared some of the struggles we are facing in this difficult budget year. Program directors, adult learners,and volunteers shared success stories from their programs-- adults who are able to secure employment, pass the High School Equivalency exam, and engage with their children's learning because of the support and instruction they receive from literacy providers. We appreciate the time our legislative officials and their staff spent with us. Adult Education is essential!

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40%of low-skilled Americans
have earnings in the bottom

fifth of the wage spectrum

On average, a
High School Graduate Lives 6 to 9yrs

longer than a dropout

In the last 30yrs
workers without a High School
Degree experienced an

18.5% decline in real earnings

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Resources and Stories

A New Way Forward

Calling for "bold actions to reshape New York's labor market" in light of both persistent labor market issues and the global COVID-19 pandemic. The report offers specific action steps with immediate, short, and long term actions that "urge a collaborative approach to enable business leaders,workforce experts and providers, labor unions, postsecondary institutions, among others to tackle this work together." It is a comprehensive document that can be a resource as we move forward. Take a look!

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Trillions Lost in U.S. Due to Adult Literacy Rates

New Economic Study Finds the U.S. Could Be Losing $2.2 Trillion Annually Due to Low Adult Literacy Rates.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy just released this report that shows the impact of adult literacy on the U.S. economy. This report underscores the importance of basic skills education and the work of adult literacy providers, like those supported by Adult Literacy Education funding in New York State.

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Welcome to Literacy New York

22% percent of New York State residents suffer needlessly from low literacy, severely limiting their quality of life and often leading to unemployment, poverty, health issues, and even incarceration.

We are here to help.

Literacy New York was founded on a vision and mission to serve adults and families most in need of literacy services.
Specifically, the Literacy New York mission is to increase the effectiveness of adult literacy practitioners and the capacity of programs so that adults, families, and communities reach their full potential.

Literacy New York's role is to:

  • Build the organizational capacity of adult literacy organizations by sharing expertise about funding and data management;
  • Offer state-of-the-art training for teachers, administrators, and volunteer tutors;
  • Advocate for adult literacy programs, particularly those that serve students with the most limited literacy skills and English language proficiency.
The overarching vision that drives all of our work is that:
In New York State and beyond, innovative adult literacy programs collaborate to meet the literacy needs of adult students in their communities.

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