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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 9, 2017
    Spotlight:Provider Initiative

    Finding new approaches can be exciting. Literacy New York likes to share fresh techniques and innovative methods that may be useful for providers across the state.

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    December 1, 2016
    Literacy New York Celebrates Ruth Colvin's 100th Birthday

    Representatives of Literacy New York joined a legion of supporters in November at an event designed to honor Ruth Colvin for her work to increase literacy in the Syracuse community—and to celebrate her 100th Birthday.

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    November 29, 2016
    State Literacy News: Mississippi Launches Reading Initiative Campaign

    Excerpts in italics taken from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal As an organization dedicated to helping literacy providers throughout New York State build their capacity to be well-managed, well-governed and to provide quality instruction, Literacy New York carefully studies literacy strategies from all over the world to determine best practices.

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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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LNY Blog

20 Quotes From Famous People if They Had Worked in the Nonprofit Sector

Taken from the amazing nonprofit blog, Nonprofit with Balls. Highly recommended reading for anyone who works in the nonprofit sector!!


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The Problems We Don't Talk About

I am currently about halfway through Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Essentially, it outlines the enormity of the problem of eviction in low income communities.

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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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