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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

    December 2, 2019
    Literacy New York is Celebrating "Giving Tuesday"!

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 has been designated as "Giving Tuesday", a day following "Black Friday", "Small Business Saturday" and "Cyber Monday" that encourages people to give to causes they believe in-- a celebration of donation! Literacy NY has decided to focus our "Giving Tuesday" efforts on building the Janice Cuddahee Fund. This newly created fund honors our dear friend and colleague, Janice Cuddahee, sadly lost to cancer this past year.

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    November 18, 2019
    Literacy New York Earned a 2019 Silver Seal of Transparency

    Literacy New York earned a 2019 Silver Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth financial information about our organization. Plus, we've provided fresh information to 200+ charitable websites and applications that use GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good.

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    October 31, 2019
    Partners for Workforce Transformation Conference 2019 Rochester, NY

    Literacy New York staff, Sue Hensley-Cushing, Director, Capital North RAEN, Ann Marie Przybyl, Director, West RAEN, and Kathy Houghton, Executive Director LNY attended the 2019 "Partners for Workforce Transformation" conference presented by NYATEP (New York Association for Training and Employment Professionals) and the NYS Economic Development Council.

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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

Six Last Minute Ideas for Giving Tuesday

"Six Last Minute Ideas for Giving Tuesday" has some practical tips for making the most out of 2019's Giving Tuesday (December 3rd this year), a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. It is not too late to incorporate some of the suggestions-- good luck!

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Resource for Teaching

Our CUNY colleague, Kate Brandt, a Professional Developer in the adult literacy field in New York City, brings our attention to a teaching and learning resource called "Actively Learn" https://www.activelylearn.com on the CollectEdNY site http://www.collectedny.org. 


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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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