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Building Literate Communities

In NYS, there are over

3.4 Million

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

News & Events

    October 17, 2019
    Advocacy for Adult Literacy Education

    Literacy New York's Executive Director, Kathy Houghton, joined colleagues from the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy for a day of visits with legislative offices and the New York State Department of Education's Adult Education division in Albany this week. We met with several NYS Senate and Assembly staff members to talk about the great need for continued support for Adult Literacy Education (ALE) funding in New York State.

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    September 30, 2019
    Literacy Suffolk is Holding a Fundraiser!

    Literacy Suffolk is holding a fundraiser! The event showcases the group Mambo Loco, and will be held on Sunday, October 20th, from 2 to 5 PM at the 89 North Music Venue (89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY 11772. There will be music, of course, and food from local restaurants, as well as a cash bar and 50/50 and Basket Raffles.

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    September 27, 2019
    Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community

    Census 2020 is critical! An undercount of your community will mean a loss of resources and representation for the next decade. This is the first in a series of three webinars on this subject. This first webinar will highlight California's campaign to prepare and connect adult education learners to Census jobs.

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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

COABE is Once Again Offering Scholarships to Conference

COABE is once again offering adult education programs the opportunity to apply for funds to defray the costs of the 2020 COABE National Conference in Baltimore, MD. Click for more information -- and good luck!

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Start With Why: Grant Writers are Great Storytellers

This article from Foundant Technologies encourages us to remember that writing grants should not be a repetitive, "cut and paste" process, but a real opportunity to do our best writing. The author encourages us to "start with the why", and tell a compelling story about the important work your program does. Hope the article inspires you!

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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 lead and support adult literacy initiatives through:
  • Enhancing the capacity of providers
  • Engaging volunteers in service
  • Creating public awareness and
  • Building more literate communities
The overarching vision that drives all of our work is that:
Literacy leads to all individuals, families, and communities reaching their full potential.
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