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A Memorial Tribute to Aretha Franklin: Meeting the Need for RESPECT with Adult Basic Skills Education


Aretha Franklin, the high school dropout who went on to become the “Queen of Soul” with honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, wrote a song about her need for RESPECT. She sang out, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Find out what it means to me.”

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Lives of Students and Tutors Are Transformed
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on August 02, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment


Blue Ridge Literacy Council is dedicated to transforming lives through improved literacy and English communication skills for adult learners across Hendersonville, North Carolina. One of the program’s tutors, Dawn, shared an inspirational story about her bond with her student, Michelle.

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When Life Let Her Down, Literacy Pulled Her Up


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford (LVGH) helps 850 adults gain the literacy skills they need to succeed in life. One of these successful and inspiring learners is Myesha Simpson, and this is her story.

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3 Surprising Reasons Why Volunteer Tutoring Helps you Live Longer
Posted by Ben Davis on April 26, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryWomen's EmpowermentcategoryAdvocacy

While talking with Ruth Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy, she has said volunteering will “change your life as well as change the life of a student.” Besides the fact that volunteer tutors have the ability to better the lives of students, their families, and have the satisfaction of knowing that they improved their community, how else does volunteering benefit someone? According to the American Psychological Association, volunteering might increase your lifespan. “People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves."

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In Loving Memory of Barbara Bush
Posted by Peter Waite on April 18, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryWomen's EmpowermentcategoryNews


We truly lost an icon in literacy with the passing of Barbara Bush at 92. While there have been other champions for literacy, Barbara Bush was in a league of her own. Mrs. Bush was different than others who have promoted the value of literacy and importance of reading—she always went further. Not content with being the nation’s great “cheerleader” for literacy, as she used to say, she took it a step beyond by seeking support and new allies in the effort to expand literacy programs everywhere. 

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