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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

    January 7, 2021
    Adult Education Priorities

    In December 2020, the National Coalition for Literacy and the Open Door Collective submitted a memo to the Biden-Harris Transition Team highlighting recommendations for policy shifts in adult education that would support the incoming administration's "build-back-better" priorities of economic recovery and racial equity.

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    December 28, 2020
    Happy New Year!

    Literacy New York wishes a Happy New Year to all as we move from a very trying 2020 to a hopeful 2021. We commend the adult learners, tutors, teachers, and program staff who "advanced adult literacy" against all odds this past year.

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    December 4, 2020
    Literacy New York is thrilled to announce that we have another Janice Cuddaheee Fund grantee

    Literacy New York is thrilled to announce that we have another Janice Cuddaheee Fund grantee-- the Literacy Council of Alabama! The organization was awarded 6 "seats" in the Intake to Outcomes (I2O) training platform, and plans to use them to train tutors in math and reading. Their program director, Steve Hannum, completed the I2O Math Basics workshop and said, "The course was very helpful. So much has changed since I learned math!" He says that the availability of math tutor training is allowing his program to offer their adult learners a math program for the first time.

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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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