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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

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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LNY Blog

Tompkins Learning Partners (TLP) To Hold Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition

This event--the cruciverbalist event of the season--is an important fundraiser for TLP, a Literacy New York affiliated non-profit organization, which provides literacy tutoring, free of charge, for over 100 adults in the community

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Literacy Leads to Long Life

Syracuse literacy advocate Ruth Johnson Colvin was named to the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993 and awarded of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President George W. Bush in 2006.

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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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