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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

    July 16, 2020
    Online Training for Citizenship Coaches!

    Literacy New York is excited to launch the newest training module in our Intake to Outcomes (I2O) online training platform: The Citizenship Coach! This workshop is designed to train tutors, small group leaders and teachers supporting students who are working toward US Citizenship. And participants can take the training from the comfort and safety of their own homes!

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    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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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

LINCS Resource for Teaching

This from our friends at LINCS, who offer Community, Courses, and Resources for Adult Education: Teaching the Skills That Matter.

The Teaching the Skills That Matter in Adult Education project (TSTM) trains teachers and tutors to integrate the skills that matter to adult students using approaches that work across critical topics. Using the project's tools and training, adult education practitioners can teach the transferable skills students need in these critical contexts. Check it out!

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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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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 increase the effectiveness of adult literacy practitioners and the capacity of programs so that adults, families, and communities reach their full potential.

Literacy New York's role is to:

  • Build the organizational capacity of adult literacy organizations by sharing expertise about funding and data management;
  • Offer state-of-the-art training for teachers, administrators, and volunteer tutors;
  • Advocate for adult literacy programs, particularly those that serve students with the most limited literacy skills and English language proficiency.
The overarching vision that drives all of our work is that:
In New York State and beyond, innovative adult literacy programs collaborate to meet the literacy needs of adult students in their communities.

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