Adult literacy is important!

The Literacy Connection helps learners reach their personal literacy goals to achieve their full potential at work, at home and in the community. Instruction is provided one-on-one with trained volunteer tutors. In addition to English-language instruction, we also offer a variety of other services, including basic computer training, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) instruction in Spanish, and more.

The cost of low literacy is very high to an individual but threatens all of society. It can lead to:

  • Low earning potential or high unemployment and welfare dependency. Jobs that require only minimal skills in the US are the first to be lost overseas. Future jobs will require more education.
  • Crime. 70% of prisoners are at the lowest 2 levels of reading.
  • Low literacy in children. The single most significant predictor of a child’s success in school is his or her mother’s literacy level.
  • Poor Health Status. An individual’s ability to read, write and understand English is the strongest predictor of his/her health status — more so than age, race, income, education, or employment status! The strongest predictor is an individual’s literacy skills. Additional health expenditures due to this problem are $106-$236 billion annually, enough to fund health insurance for 47 million uninsured.

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