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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

    June 29, 2020
    Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates is hiring!

    Literacy Volunteers Ontario-Yates Ontario County Program Coordinator—Under the direct supervision of the LVOY Associate Director, this part-time position is responsible for supporting adult learners enrolled in Basic Language, English Language and High School Equivalency programs, and their tutors, as they work to meet a wide variety of literacy goals.

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    June 15, 2020
    Literacy New York Names New Board Members

    Literacy New York held our 2020 LNY Annual Board Meeting virtually, on Friday, June 12th. Our videoconference brought together directors and staff from all corners of the state-from the North Country, to the Hudson Valley, to Central NY, and Western NY. We welcomed four new members to the board: Joseph Campbell, Mary Ellen Darling, Pat Rajala and Kelli Johnson. These new board members bring a wealth of expertise in adult education, reading theory, non-profit management, small business ownership, and more. Literacy New York is grateful for their service, and we look forward to working together to continue to advance adult literacy across New York State!

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    June 8, 2020
    NYS Board of Regents Passes Groundbreaking High School Equivalency Diploma News During COVID-19-- Temporary Guidance

    The measure of high school equivalency in NY State is the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which replaced the GED in January of 2014. One great concern for Adult Education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the lack of available TASC testing-- all testing has been suspended since March due to social distancing guidelines.

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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

Literacy-focused Funding Available

The Wish You Well Foundation was established by accomplished author David Baldacci and his wife Michelle to help eradicate illiteracy in the U.S. The foundation provides financial support to foster and promote the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

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Adult Literacy Education Research

Our colleagues at ProLiteracy have released the Spring 2020 Adult Literacy Education Journal. The focus is on outcomes for adult literacy programs in a much broader sense than we typically consider. Our current social distancing may be providing us with a little more time to read research and resources—this is a great one to check out!

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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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