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For more than 40 years, Literacy New York has worked with community based literacy programs to restore hope to a group of people that went unnoticed—and unserved—for decades.

In past years, illiteracy was a little discussed social issue. Those who struggled kept it secret—and most people never realized that a problem existed.

That changed in 1962 when Ruth Colvin of Syracuse read a report that stated 11,000 adults in her county could not read or write at a functional level. Spurred to action, Ruth launched Literacy Volunteers of America to train community members as volunteer tutors to teach adults to read. The Literacy Volunteers model spread across New York State, soon after becoming the national organization known as Literacy Volunteers of America.

Growth of the program was explosive. The recognition that illiteracy was a problem that affected every segment of society dawned on people throughout the US.

In 1974, Literacy Volunteers of America - New York State was founded. In 2004, we changed our name to Literacy New York. Our goal has always been to serve adults and families who are most in need of literacy services. We achieve this goal by ensuring the effective delivery of quality adult literacy services in New York State.

For more than 40 years, Literacy New York has worked with community based literacy programs to restore hope to a group of people that went unnoticed—and unserved—for decades.

In past years, illiteracy was a little discussed social issue. Those who struggled kept it secret—and most people never realized that a problem existed.

That changed in 1962 when Ruth Colvin of Syracuse read a report that stated 11,000 adults in her county could not read or write at a functional level. Spurred to action, Ruth launched Literacy Volunteers of America to train community members as volunteer tutors to teach adults to read. The Literacy Volunteers model spread across New York State, soon after becoming the national organization known as Literacy Volunteers of America.

Growth of the program was explosive. The recognition that illiteracy was a problem that affected every segment of society dawned on people throughout the US.

In 1974, Literacy Volunteers of America - New York State was founded. In 2004, we changed our name to Literacy New York. Our goal has always been to serve adults and families who are most in need of literacy services. We achieve this goal by ensuring the effective delivery of quality adult literacy services in New York State.