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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

    February 24, 2020
    Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua-- A Part of the Small Business Revolution in Fredonia!

    Literacy New York is proud to share that one of the programs LNY supports as a NY State Support and Technical Assistance Center has been selected to appear in Season 5 of the award-winning series, "Small Business Revolution"! LV Chautauqua was chosen from more than 100 nominations as one of seven small businesses deserving of a makeover-- way to go! We'll let you know when the series is available on Hulu and Amazon Prime-- we'll be watching, for sure!

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    February 14, 2020
    Congratulations to Gerard Place!

    Gerard Place has been awarded the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY award for "agency"-- congratulations! "The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York is a human relations organization dedicated to overcoming racism, bias and bigotry through education, advocacy and engagement," and Gerard Place's award recognizes their commitment to these principles in their agency. See the full article here https://buffalonews.com/2020/02/12/just-communities-presents-2020-awards/ Literacy New York appreciates our connection to Gerard Place, and the agency's work in the Buffalo community.

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    February 10, 2020
    Advocating for Adult Literacy Programming

    Literacy New York, LiteracyCNY, and LV Rensselaer joined with 100 plus students and teachers from New York City to advocate for Adult Literacy Education at the NYS Capitol this week. Thanks to Senator Ramos, Assemblymember Kim, and Assemblymember Fahy for joining us in support of this valuable funding. And a big thanks to our colleagues from the NY City Coalition of Adult Literacy (NYCCAL) for bringing us all together!

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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

Remember to Thank Your Volunteers!

The article "How to Thank Volunteers in 2020" offers 20 ideas for thanking volunteers in 2020-- check it out. As all of us in the nonprofit world know, it is never enough to just recruit volunteers-- we need to keep them volunteering with us!

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2020 Census: Pledge To Be Counted

An accurate count in the 2020 Census is vital to our families, our communities, and to the adult learners supported by our literacy programs.

ProLiteracy says:

The census determines how $800 billion annually is spent on programs affecting schools, housing, health care, and much more. The census will determine these allocations for the next 10 years.

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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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