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SOMEHOW, WE RANK 49TH IN THE COUNTRY FOR LITERACY.

  • 3.4 million New Yorkers lack high school diplomas and/or have limited English language skills
  • 25% of adults in New York State are considered ‘low literate’
  • 22% risk unemployment, poverty, health issues and incarceration due to low literacy

 

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Literacy New York is a non-profit organization that has been tirelessly tackling the adult literacy issue for nearly 50 years, helping improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in the process. Evidence has shown that 100 hours of basic literacy instruction translates into a $10,000 increase in annual income. It is literally life-changing.

To encourage New Yorkers to help fix this state-wide issue, Literacy New York created the STOP READING CHALLENGE - a fun, eye-opening experience that will prove the importance of literacy, and prompt them to get involved in a small way:

We’re going to challenge New Yorkers to stop reading for 5 minutes.

It seems easy to not read, but it’s not. Everywhere you look there’s something with words on it. And you read them automatically…because you can.

  • Stop reading for just 5 minutes
  • Donate $5 to support adult literacy in NYS when you fail
  • Share your success or failure on social media
  • #StopReadingChallenge & @Literacy_NY
  • Challenge launches on International Literacy Day (September 8)
  • Supported by digital, social, public relations, and more

But to really make a difference, we need as many people as possible taking and sharing the challenge.

THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP.

PICK A LEVEL:

  • Light

    Post image of something you accidentally read on your Feed and Stories (if applicable), asking followers to participate.
  • Medium

    Post image of something you accidentally read on your Feed and Stories, (if applicable) asking followers to participate AND tag a group/organization in the copy.
  • Heavy

    Post image of something you accidentally read on your Feed and stories, (if applicable) asking followers to participate AND tag a specific, influential friend to participate and further grow the challenge.

Participation dates: 09/08 - 09/30

Will you help millions of New Yorkers learn to read?

All you need to do is help us get everyone else to stop.

Click Here on September 8th!