As our community responds to the Covid19 pandemic, Adult Literacy League’s services have never been more vital.
Rising unemployment and daily health care messages make reading essential. For the safety of our staff, students, volunteers, and community we cannot resume regular, in-person classes yet; and while it feels like the whole world is on hold, our students still need to learn how to read, write, and speak English. They still need us. THEY STILL NEED YOU!
This is why the Adult Literacy League is working hard to build an online learning program to serve our students. Donate today and help us transition to an online learning program designed to keep our students learning, AND to help our organization adapt and survive these unprecedented times!
- Literacy Impacts Our Entire Community
In our region, 44% of adults do not have the literacy skills they need for home, work and life. In fact, 1 in 5 (20%) struggle with very serious literacy challenges and have trouble reading even the most basic text. An additional 20% can read, but not well enough to meet the demands of today’s society.
- Higher Levels of Literacy = Healthier Lives
Central Floridians with low literacy skills suffer poorer health those with high levels of literacy and a person’s level of literacy is one of the key determinants of their overall health. Low literacy skills can represent a risk to workplace health and safety; however many employers are not aware that there are any literacy skills issues amongst their workforce.
- Change The Lives Of Future Generations
Parents play a vital role as their children’s first teachers. The higher the level of a parent’s education, the higher the likelihood the child will succeed in school. Only 27% of parents with below basic literacy levels report reading to their children 5 or more times a week.
- Language Makes A New Country Feel Like Home
Immigrants make critical contributions to our society, culture, and economy. However, 60% of immigrants in our region also have low levels of literacy. English literacy allows them to not only survive, but thrive, in the United States.