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- Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out.
- Of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.2 There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings, and between higher educational scores and higher earnings.
- An excess of $230 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy. Nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. Lack of understanding impedes adults’ abilities to make appropriate health decisions and increases the likelihood that they’ll incur higher health costs.
- Individuals at the lowest literacy and numeracy levels have a higher rate of unemployment and earn lower wages than the national average. Low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
- About 50 percent of the 2 million immigrants that come to the U.S. each year lack high school education and proficient English language skills. This severely limits their access to jobs, college, and citizenship and increases their vulnerability to living in poverty.
Illiteracy is a world-wide problem.
You can be a part of the solution in your community!
Adult literacy can change so much in a persons life. Become a volunteer Tutor and help change another human beings life for the better!
Health. Gender equality. Poverty. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives.
Have an impact on your community by helping multiple generations improve their life accomplishments and thus contribute to their community in return (e.g., job placement/advancement, getting off public assistance, advancing education, citizenship)!
Your contributions to the Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County (LV-DAC) will go towards helping adults learn to read, write, and speak English in a one-to-one or class environment.
LV-DAC offers FREE tutoring and classes for adult Learners who want to get their HSE/or take college courses, get a better job, learn how to help their children with schoolwork, manage their finances and healthcare, to learn English as a second language, to study for their US citizenship, etc.