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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

    May 8, 2020
    North Country Students Learn English Language Virtually

    Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County in the news! From NBC Channel 5: https://www.mynbc5.com/article/north-country-students-learn-english-language-virtually/32408130 PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties is continuing their classes online, saying the services they provide to English language-learners are essential.

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    April 28, 2020
    Adult Literacy and the Pandemic

    Our current situation is shining a spotlight on what works-and what doesn't work-in our society. Existing, entrenched educational disparities are being seen, maybe for the first time ever. For too long, we have minimized the challenges that lower income children and their families face. With school out for a month now, we see middle class children keeping up and lower income children falling behind.

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    April 22, 2020
    Literacy Volunteers Make Cloth Facial Coverings

    Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County's Sewing and English Language Workplace Skills class is learning remotely by making cloth facial coverings for themselves, their families and the community at large. Class participants receive written instructions by mail, and the program's lead sewing volunteer drops off fabric and elastic at the entrance to each learner's home.

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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

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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Temporary Guidance: ALE Funded Programs

Please find guidance for ALE funded programs in this powerpoint from the NYS Education Department.

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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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