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Celebrating a Literacy Legacy

 

On December 16, 2016, one of ProLiteracy’s co-founders, and the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), celebrated her 100th birthday. To mark this milestone birthday, all she wished for was for all adult learners to be able to gain access to the best-trained tutors so that they can improve their literacy skills and live a quality life. 
She is no ordinary woman. She is Ruth Colvin, a legacy.


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Student Stories: From Under Employed to Restaurant Manager
Posted by Ben Davis on May 16, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment

 

Flor, who read at a second-grade level, was working in a low-wage job in a packing house and was unable to help her struggling daughter in school. After seeking out literacy help at Literacy Services of Indian River County she was able to get a job as a restaurant manager and—most importantly—was able to help her daughter earn advanced placement in her middle school classes.


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The Volunteer’s Perspective: Helping Low Income Women Change Their Lives

 

In honor of national volunteer week, we have asked some literacy volunteers to share their perspectives with us. The individuals who volunteer their time to teach adults to read are helping to change the world one learner at a time, and they should be recognized for their dedication. Mercy Learning Center (MLC) in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is devoted to providing basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women in a compassionate and supportive environment. Volunteer tutors at MLC help women improve their English skills, learn to read and write, and prepare for the GED® exam.


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India’s First Literacy School for Grandmothers


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made strides to improve female literacy. Until recently, the majority of educational programs focused on youth. Now, what is known as India’s first Grandmothers’ School is changing that and emphasizing the importance of a literate, older female generation.  


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How Well Do You Know Women’s Issues?
Posted by Alesha Anderson on March 06, 2017 in categoryWomen's Empowerment

Our pledge is to continue providing literacy services to women who need them, while trying to find new ways to reach women who are not receiving services. We believe that literacy is a critical foundation to achieve gender equality. Please show your support for women around the world by taking our quiz to test your knowledge about women’s literacy and gender equality. Share your results on social media and encourage others to support gender equality through literacy.


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