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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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In Loving Memory of Barbara Bush
Posted by Peter Waite on April 18, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNews
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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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The Need for Spanish Literacy


Adult learners who are not literate in their native language find it more difficult to learn, read, and speak fluently in a second language. Formal education isn’t always an option for Latino immigrants, especially adults. Teaching native-language literacy first can significantly increase the percentage of Latino immigrants who feel confident enrolling and succeeding in English language classes and other adult education classes. 

Learn more about how Spanish literacy and online courses like Leamos™ can help.


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A Volunteer’s Perspective: Second Chances


It's volunteer awareness month and we want to put the volunteer spotlight on our very own programs administrative assistant, June Mastrogiovanni. June is also a one-on-one volunteer tutor at LiteracyCNY in Syracuse, New York. She is passionate not only about teaching her students basic literacy and English as a second language, but about creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for her students that helps create a lasting impact. Read the inspiring interview with June!

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From Convicted Ponzi Scheme Hedge Fund Trader to Incarcerated Literacy Teacher

We don't normally receive letters from people asking us to publish their work on our blog. It is even rarer when the writer is currently incarcerated in federal prison. Recently, Neal Goyal contacted us. After discussing whether to publish his letter, we decided to post his letter to the ProLiteracy blog along with his essay. Neal is serving a six-year sentence for stealing $11 million in a Ponzi scheme through his Chicago investment firm. He is also a GED and literacy instructor in prison. Neal truly offers a new perspective on the importance of literacy among the incarcerated. Here’s what he wrote:


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