Since 1983 Literacy Volunteers has been teaching adults how to read, write, spell and comprehend the English language. These basic skills can be taken for granted. In fact, Illiteracy is a problem that affects our entire society, not just individuals.
Here are some facts:
• 1 in 6 adults in NJ are illiterate
• Literacy is learned – the single greatest indicator of a child’s future success is the literacy level of the parents
• Two-thirds of children that cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare
• More than 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate
• 75% of food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
• 43% of adults with the lowest literacy live in poverty
• Low health literacy costs between $106 and $236 billion each year in the US
Adults need strong literacy skills to…
• Raise children that have strong literacy skills,
• To be good employees,
• To keep themselves and their families healthy,
• To be active in their communities,
• To advocate for themselves and avoid human rights abuse,
• And to avoid crime.