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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

    January 16, 2020
    Webinar: Census 2020 Activities for Adult Education Classrooms & Programs

    In this webinar sponsored by National Coalition for Literacy and hosted by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, we'll hear about resources and activities aimed at mobilizing adult education students and their communities to get out the census count! The teaching resources we will share address census basics (what it is, why it matters, and how to participate) as well as census issues (such as past misuse of census data and what's different now) as they build language, literacy, and numeracy skills. We will also share examples of program-wide campaigns that energize students and give them an opportunity to practice their leadership and civic skills.

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    January 3, 2020
    Presentation at International Conference

    Ann Marie Przybyl, Director of the West Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN), was invited to co-present with Dr. Julius Gregg Adams at the Clute International Academic Conference on December 30, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Adams is the Executive Director of The University at Buffalo's Educational Opportunity Center (UBEOC).

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    December 19, 2019
    If policymakers can read this...

    Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, our colleague organization serving adult literacy students in Western NY, gets to the heart of the matter in this article from the Buffalo News: "If policymakers can read this, they should fund programs for those who can't".

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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

2020 Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants

Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting applications for their Adult Literacy Grants https://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2020. Many of the Rest of State ALE funded programs have been successful in receiving funding from this organization-- good luck!

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COABE Fact Sheets

COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) has created some resources for the field to use in advocating for the issue of Adult Literacy. Please view the information here

These national statistics are powerful when shared with stakeholders and legislators-- hope you find them helpful!

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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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