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There Are No Names of "Morons" on This Wall!


Over the years, I have observed that while Memorial Day tributes will be given to special groups—the battalions of the Army and Marines, the battle groups of the Navy, the air wings of the Air Force, and others—one group of service members will go largely unnoticed and unappreciated. Indeed, they were unwanted to begin with, and only used when the demands for manpower at the front became so great that the military services had to use them. They are the undereducated, marginally literate young adults who score between the 10th and 30th percentiles at the lower end of the military's bell curve of aptitude, known in military personnel circles as “Category IV’s” and in other, less professionally restrained circles as “dummies.”

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The Surprising Lack of Low-Literacy Programs and its Impact - A Tutor's Perspective
Posted by Ben Davis on May 23, 2018
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We recently received a message from Larissa Phillips, a tutor in New York City and the author of City Stories, an illustrated collection of leveled, decodable stories written for the adult beginning reader. She gives an interesting perspective on the necessity of low-literacy programs and the importance of reading materials designed for those who want to move forward and learn how to read. 


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The Tax Benefits of Charitable Giving
Posted by abeContentEditor on May 18, 2018 in categoryFacts & Research
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Donors who make planned gifts to the charities they are passionate about benefit by receiving additional income and capital gains tax relief.

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4 Tips to Combat Financial Illiteracy


Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being. According to Money Management International, most consumers experience some level of financial illiteracy that significantly impacts their everyday lives. 


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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 FieldcategoryAdvocacy
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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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