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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

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 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant Program

State Farm Insurance has opened the application process for their 2020 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant Program. This funding is available to 501C3's and includes focus areas of Community Development and Education, which could fit with the work ALE funded programs are doing in their communities. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.

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Florida Literacy Coalition Adult Education Program Study

The Florida Literacy Coalition released an interesting and informative study looking at student recruitment in adult education programs-- "If You Build It, They Will Come. Think Again". The study looked specifically at Florida programs, which are housed in community colleges and more like the traditional BOCES and school district programs in NYS, but there are findings that could inform the way we market and sell any of our ALE funded 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 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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