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WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
- 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.