It’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!

Vernetta and BorisToday marks the kickoff of Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) week, a weeklong awareness campaign with activities, toolkits, and information about the great need for literacy programs that serve adult learners. 36 million adults in the United States struggle with literacy, which has an effect on every portion of their lives from employability to civic participation. AEFL week was designated by the United States Congress, and is organized annually by the National Coalition for Literacy and its purpose is not only to raise awareness of the issue of Adult Literacy, but also to celebrate learners who pursue the goal of becoming literate citizens alongside all of the other issues that keep them from living out their dreams.

We at Literacy Mid-South, and you, readers of this blog, know how severe the costs of low literacy are to low literate adults themselves and for us as the public. But not everyone is aware of the costs, or of the unique trials that low literate adults face. In the Mid-South, the toll of low literacy is high. Low literate adults stand to make less money for themselves and their families over the courses of their lives. They may have difficulty even finding employment, or paying bills, or taking prescription medicine, or reading their childrens’ homework–the list is long and varied.

Adult Education and Family Literacy week is also about engaging the public in the issue of adult literacy on multiple levels. For Literacy Mid-South, as a service provider, our responsibility is to share information on either learners or a partner that is doing great work, and we’ll do that soon. For supporters and those who believe in Literacy Mid-South’s Mission, your responsibility (should you choose to accept it) is reaching out to policymakers and spreading awareness to your networks on the issues that low-literate adults face. You can do this many ways: through pointing people that you know to our blog or website, through writing an opinion piece about the issue to your local newspaper, or by writing a letter to your city, county, and state representatives.

If you need any assistance with writing letter or opinion pieces, the National Coalition for Literacy has some templates and a resource guide that you can use. If you want more information about the work that Literacy Mid-South does, check out our website. You can make a donation there as well. And if you would like to visit us and learn more about what we do first-hand, reach out. Call (901) 327-6000 to schedule an information session with Adult Learning Program staff.

10 Things that Literate People Can Take For Granted

It’s a safe bet that if you clicked the link to visit this post, you’re able to read. Learning that people aren’t able to read and write is usually a shocking experience. For many of us, reading and writing is something that everyone is able to do, something that is as natural as breathing. However, statistics show that this is not the case. Almost 30% of Mid-Southerners are unable to read at a 3rd grade level.

Even if someone reads at or above a third grade level, they can still face problems–most things that we read in our daily lives are written for intermediate or advanced readers. As a literacy organization, part of our work is to create understanding between those people who are able to function as literate citizens, and those who are not. So today, we’ll be listing the top 10 things that literate people can take for granted. This is not a list to shame people for being able to read. Instead, think of it as a spotlight that shows some tasks and activities that are difficult for the people that we serve.

reading black woman1. The Joy of Reading for Pleasure

How do you feel when you hear that your favorite author has written a new book? Or when you snap open a newspaper and settle down to read the news? For low literate people, reading for the sheer pleasure of reading is difficult to impossible.

2. Navigating Roads and Cities

It took us by shock when we realized how dependent we are on street signs, text-based landmarks, and our navigation systems to navigate roads and streets. Low literate individuals have to rely on coping strategies such as visual markers and route memorization.

3. Ordering Food From a Text-Only Menu

When a restaurant menu is text only, it can be difficult for low-literate adults to figure out what certain foods are, or what their ingredients are. This can cause a problem with enjoying food or with low literate adults who have food allergies, among other things.

4. Researching Information Online

While low literate adults can possess some savviness with mobile phones and technology, that skill is limited by their reading ability. When it comes to finding information about important things online, low literate adults can face significant difficulties locating information and understanding the information that they are able to find is a problem as well.

5. Working in your desired field

Literate individuals have the ability to search for jobs that they want and the educational qualifications to actually stand a chance at getting jobs that they want. Low literate individuals, however, are most often relegated to service careers which, while important, tend to be temporary and unfulfilling.

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6. Helping Children With Homework

One of the most frequent goals of the low literate adults that we serve is the desire to help their children with their homework. Without the ability to read at an adequate level, many low literate adults are unable to help their children complete their homework assignments, which also has an effect on their children’s educational attainment.

7. The Ability to Pursue Niche Education Opportunities

Speaking of education, one of the cool things about the these days is that literate people can pursue all kinds of nontraditional educational opportunities, like online education, auditing university courses, and education via mobile apps. Low literate people are frequently unable to take advantage of these educational opportunities.

8. Voting

Voting is a massively important tool for creating social changes. And while low literate adults can gain understanding about candidates and issues via conversations, their reading ability can block them from gaining that deeper understanding and reaching truth about the stances of candidates and how issues affect them.

9. Receiving Birthday Cards

Even though a birthday card isn’t a complex work of literature, it can still be a difficult task to read the short messages on birthday cards. This can ruin the enjoyment of receiving them. Fortunately, you can always put money in birthday cards.

Vernetta and Boris10. Agency in Interacting with the World

Ultimately, one of the biggest privileges that literacy grants people is the ability to obtain enough information to choose their course in life. Whatever course a literate person decides to take, as long as they’ve bothered to inform themselves on it (and it is something that they can actually control), they have agency in the direction that they’ve decided to go. For low literate adults, much of the agency that information via literacy would provide to them is lost. Therefore, it is important for literate adults and the literate society at large to attempt to change things for the better. Without our help, low literate adults face countless difficulties in navigating our rapidly evolving worlds. And without the ability to make sense of the information presented around them, they lose out on pursuing and attaining their dreams.

Literacy Mid-South provides literacy resources to Mid-South learners of all ages and backgrounds. Our vision is 100% literacy in the Mid-South. Visit our website to learn more about our programs and mission. 

People of Literacy Mid-South: Seeding Success

People of Literacy Mid-South is a column that takes a close look at the folks that make our organization tick. But today, we’re not looking at a person. Instead, we’re discussing an organization whose support and guidance is valuable to Literacy Mid-South.

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Seeding Success is not an organization that directly serves individuals. Instead, Seeding Success focuses on helping organizations be more effective in serving their communities. Seeding Success works to create collaborative partnerships, called Collaborative Action Networks (CANs for short) that focus on a particular service area. In their own words:

The Seeding Success Partnership collaborates to ensure every child graduates high school prepared for college, career and success in life.

Seeding Success pulls together K-12 institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and countless other types of organizations to work pursuing equitable educational outcomes for children. The organizations that Seeding Success organizes into CANs agree to focus on a set of goals that are developed beneath the umbrella of Seeding Success’ larger organizational goals:

  • GOAL 1: Every child is prepared for success in school;
  • GOAL 2: Every student is successful in school and graduates prepared for college, career, and success in life;
  • GOAL 3: Every youth who is not in school reconnects to education, training, or employment opportunities;
  • GOAL 4: Every young adult has access to a post-secondary opportunity or career.

These goals are put into practice by arranging the CANs to focus on one of eight academic outcomes. The outcomes that Seeding Success and their organizational CANs are attempting to influence are: Kindergarten Readiness, Third Grade Reading Proficiency, Middle School Math Proficiency, College and Career Readiness, High School Graduation rates, Access to Post Secondary opportunities and attainment of success at those Post Secondary opportunities, and a focus on providing educational and career opportunities to Opportunity Youth. Each CAN works together to provide research informed strategies to impact these areas and ensure that children and young adults will lead successful lives.

education studyingLiteracy Mid-South has a presence in two of those CANs. We are the convener of the Third Grade Reading Proficiency CAN, and we provide space and support to organizations who collaborate to improve the rates of reading proficiency at grade 3 for every Shelby County child. The CAN focuses on three areas that impact reading proficiency for grade 3 students: attendance, literacy, and psychological barriers. The CAN has made vision screenings available for hundreds of grade 3 students through a partnership with the Southern College of Optometry, as well as provided books and literacy instruction to thousands of students through Literacy Mid-South’s Summer Reading Program.

Literacy Mid-South’s Adult Learning Program is involved in the Opportunity Youth CAN, a CAN dedicated to connecting roughly 40,000 local young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not connected to education or employment programs with gainful employment and education opportunities. The Workforce Investment Network is the convener of this CAN, and it includes partnerships with the Memphis Goodwill Excel Center, ResCare, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections. The CAN has gathered focus group data from former Opportunity Youth and is now developing a report based on the findings.

Seeding Success connects organizations that work in similar impact areas with each other and allows them to exponentially increase their reach and effectiveness. Without Seeding Success’ unique approach to collaboration, many organizations who are working to make Memphis a better place would be shouldering their burdens alone.

Literacy Mid-South provides literacy resources to Mid-South learners of all ages and backgrounds. Our vision is 100% literacy in the Mid-South. Visit our website to learn more about our programs and mission.

 

Literacy Mid-South Learner Obtains Driver’s License After Ten Years of Attempts

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Literacy Mid-South’s Adult Learning Program helps adults to read, but reading just the tip of the iceberg of the services that we provide. For many of our adult learners, learning how to read is one piece to unlocking a larger tapestry of goals. Our learners have many sub-goals, such as obtaining their United States citizenship, getting their GEDs, helping their children with their homework, and even obtaining their drivers’ licenses.

This last goal is especially important. Many of our learners have obligations that require them to move to various locations around the city. Whether it’s picking up children from school, getting to work, or even getting to appointments with their tutors, the ability to drive without having to worry about being in violation of the law is very important. So many of our learners who are able to drive have been unable to obtain their drivers’ licenses despite repeated attempts. For one of our learners, however, getting a drivers’ license is no longer a dream.

After ten years of attempts, Literacy Mid-South learner Osamede O. has obtained her Tennessee Driver’s license. According to her tutor, LaDean, Osamede was becoming somewhat discouraged at the constant attempts to obtain her license. Osamaede is a mother who works full time. Her job is not especially close to her home. Without a driver’s license, traveling around the city is especially difficult for Osamede, who is reluctant to drive without the proper credentials for fear of being stopped by the police. But now, Osamede can breathe easy.

After all of the attempts, Osamede was familiar with the exam’s content, but her problem seemed to be tying the different concepts together. LaDean recognized this as Osamede’s difficulty early in their sessions and developed a focused plan of study that took into account Osamede’s familiarity of the subject matter and adapted it using her own extensive experience with adult education.

These are the kinds of experiences and successes that we work for at Literacy Mid-South. We are always extremely excited to see our learners succeed because we know that their successes translate to a more fulfilling life for them. We are so proud of Osamede and grateful to LaDean for her dedication to her learner.

Stay tuned to the Literacy Mid-South blog for more information on our programs, developments, and events. 

Recommended Summer Reading From Literacy Mid-South

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Summer is here, and you’re going to need some new books to read at the beach! Luckily for you, Literacy Mid-South is here to help with some cool suggestions for new summertime reads. Our staff has come together and recommended a recent read that they’ve enjoyed, just in time for your vacation. We hope you find something that speaks to you.

Kevin recommends: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

so you've been publicly shamedWhy you should read it: “This book opens your eyes to how far-reaching social media can go, and it provides many cautionary tales about people whose social media posts ended their careers.  Of particular note is the story of Justine Sacco, the communications director of a public company who tweeted insensitive remarks about Africans and people living with AIDS before jetting off to Africa.  By the time she landed in Africa, she had lost her job, was the topic most trending on social media, and had photographers waiting at the arrival gate to snap pictures of her. While many of the stories are horrifying and capitalizes on our own schadenfreude, this could happen to anyone, and the book explores the public’s fascination with publicly destroying people they don’t even know.  It’s eye-opening and scary.”

Vernetta recommends: A Massacre in Memphis by Stephen V. Ash

a massacre in memphisWhy you should read it: “Frankly, I did not know there was a massacre in Memphis, and as Ash brings forth in the book, “… the vast majority of Americans these days, if asked about ‘the Memphis riot,’ would likely either confess their ignorance or mention the events of April 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King.”  Historians have portrayed the events of May 1-3, 1866 (one year after the Civil War) as whites meting out due punishment for black misbehavior. What actually occurred was in no way a riot by blacks but an organized massacre of black people: 46 blacks dead; 75 injured; 5 raped; 100 robbed; 4 black churches, 12 schools, and 91 dwellings destroyed. This book constitutes a thorough overhaul of the egregious historical record.  And the most startling fact is the same rancor regarding race that occurred before, during, and after the massacre will be featured on the evening news tonight!”

Stacy recommends: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

the pilgrimageWhy you should read it: “I’ve read this twice and I need to read it again, if only for the reminder that the important things in life are the simple things. Paulo Coelho tells his personal account of his pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela in such a relatable way. It allows you to interpret his voyage in your own way and take away inspiration to create your own path in life.”

 

Knox recommends: What is Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

what is yours is not yoursWhy you should read it: “I love reading short stories and Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours combines an element of what I love most about short stories (they’re short) with what I often miss about reading novels (one longer story with a greater payoff at the end). The stories are not all connected, but there is something besides Oyeyemi’s strong, imaginative writing holding the stories together. All of the stories are quite surprising, but not jarring, and extremely delightful to read.”

Laura recommends: Miss Me When I’m Gone by Emily Arsenaut

miss me when i'm goneWhy you should read it: Miss Me When I’m Gone is a rich story about what happens between two friends when one of them mysteriously dies. It is a clever book within a book within a book. An in-depth character study that examines relationships, presumptions and  redemption.

 

Jeanne recommends: The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss By Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

the rainbow comes and goesWhy you should read it: “I’ve watched Anderson Cooper for many years and I’ve always been impressed by his journalistic talent and style. Also I knew the story of Gloria Vanderbilt, her marriages and lovers and the suicide of her son, Carter (Anderson’s brother). This back-and-forth correspondence as Vanderbilt reaches her 92nd birthday, is as revealing to the two of them as it is to the reader. The story mainly focuses Vanderbilt’s fascinating life story but Cooper provides the perfect foil as each tale unfolds. It is wonderful that the two shared their hearts with each other and with the reader.  It reminds us that money does not protect us from heartache. The title comes from William Wordsworth’s poem “Intimations of Immortality” –  a favorite of Vanderbilt’s. A poignant yet uplifting read.”

Johnny recommends: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

the paper menagerieWhy you should read it: “The Paper Menagerie is a collection of short stories, so it’s a great choice for any busy readers.  Liu uses magical realism to pose some very interesting observations and questions about human nature, technology, and society. Each story is unique, but Liu’s engaging style runs through them all. I definitely found it hard to put down.”

 

Lee recommends: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

ready player oneWhy you should read it: “This is an ideal choice for the summer due to its underdog main character, world domination obsessed villain, large scale action sequences, fantasy world setting, and ’80s movies/music/video game references. If you’re a pop culture geek, you’ll be anxious to play Joust and watch “Wargames” long before the last page is reached, and if you don’t get all the references, maybe it will encourage you to seek them out! Like a true nerd, I made notes of the games/books I was not familiar with so I could up my street cred. On top of the references, Ready Player One is an entertaining and consistently surprising thrill ride, always staying one step ahead of the reader. And if you’re wondering how this delightfully complex adventure would translate to the big screen, have no fear! Steven Spielberg is directing a film version that is due out in early 2018!”

Troy recommends: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon

how to slowly kill yourself and othersWhy you should read it: “The past few years have been great for you if you’re a fan of essays that do the added duty of cultural critique. Kiese Laymon is one of the best sentence makers to come out of Mississippi, and his takes on the blackness, family, music, feminism, and politics are fresh, new, and southern as all get out. Laymon is one of my favorite voices, and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others, for me, belongs up there with essay collections from those that we consider the greats. Laymon is one of the greats, and this collection will challenge everything you think you know about what it means to be an American.”

Even our volunteer tutors got in on the fun. Tutor Molly Polatty recommends Richard Grant’s Dispactches from Pluto, calling it “fun and educational.”

So here it is, Literacy Mid-South’s recommended summer reading list. Drop a line in the comments if there are any books you’d like to recommend to us! And stay tuned for more updates about the Mid-South Book Festival, our annual celebration of literature and literacy.

 

The Relationship Between Incarceration and Low Literacy

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Politicians and journalists often claim prison planners use third grade reading scores to predict the number of future prison beds needed. While it has been found this claim is mostly urban myth, there is in fact a strong connection between early low literacy skills and our country’s exploding incarceration rates. Compelling statistics underscore this connection:

Early Signs in Adults                                                                                            

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A low level of literacy is not a direct determinant for a person’s probability to be convicted on criminal charges, but correctional and judicial professionals have long recognized a connection between poor literacy, dropout rates, and crime. The educational level of the prison population differs significantly from that of the household population being over-represented with individuals having below average levels of education. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 70% of all incarcerated adults cannot read at a 4th grade level, “meaning they lack the reading skills to navigate many everyday tasks or hold down anything but lower (paying) jobs.” Data supports that those without sufficient income earned by work are the most prone to crime. Paul Romero, a correction official once noted, “With legal means of succeeding in society narrowed, illiteracy is heavily implicated in the crimes landing many behind bars in the first place.”

The Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” When inmates who left school before receiving a high school diploma where asked the main reason they dropped out of school, about one-third reported they lost interest or experienced academic difficulty.

Early Signs in Children

KidsAccording to a special report, Early Warning, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “…the process of dropping out begins long before high school. It stems from loss of interest in middle school, often triggered by retention in grade…and that, in a great many cases, is the result of not being able to read proficiently as early as fourth grade.”

Reading on grade-level by the end of third grade is one of the most critical milestones in education. Studies show that 74% of 3rd graders who read poorly still struggle in ninth grade, and third grade reading scores can predict a student’s likelihood to graduate high school. Donald Hernandez reported in Double Jeopardy, children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers. While those with the lowest reading scores account for only a third of students, this group accounts for more than 63% of all children who do not graduate from high school.

Factors That Contribute to Third Grade Reading Proficiency

The connection of causes of many societal ills, including poverty, violence, crime, and incarceration in most instances correlate to high school completion rates and literacy skills education for primary grade students. There is an urgent national call for collaborative efforts to ensure children are prepared for college and career through achieving grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Warning Confirmed outlined the following factors effect third-grade reading success:

  • Readiness for school in terms of the child’s health, language development, social-emotional skills and participation in high-quality early care and learning programs.
  • Chronic absence from school must be mitigated.
  • Summer learning loss must be prevented.
  • Family-oriented stressors such as family mobility, hunger, housing insecurity and toxic stress should be addressed.
  • Quality of teaching the child experiences in home, community and school settings.

Education in Tennessee Prisons

  • Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) school system provides offenders with comprehensive academic programs, vocational programs, and library services to prepare offenders for the socioeconomic and occupational environment they will encounter upon their return to the community.
  • The adult basic education and high school equivalency (HSE) programs improve competency in basic learning skills, occupational aptitudes, and general reading/literacy levels.
  • In 2013, 618 HSE Certificates and 3,672 Vocational Certificates were earned in Tennessee prisons.
  • College programs leading to an associate’s degree are also offered
  • Vocational training is offered in: Automotive, Mechanical Technology, Barbering, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Construction, Culinary Arts, and HVAC & Refrigeration

 Education for Adults in the Community

Most low literate adults need to be connected to literacy education programs that assist them with developing the literacy skill necessary to obtain and keep gainful employment, as well as maintain positive lifestyles.

  • In community-based literacy programs there are more than 240,000 learners and 94,000 tutors nationwide
  • These programs provide instruction in basic literacy, GED prep, English, citizenship, job readiness, financial literacy, digital literacy, health literacy, drivers license prep, and other areas of study that interest learners.

Literacy Mid-South’s programs work to improve literacy outcomes for Mid-Southerners of all ages and backgrounds. Our work in the Third Grade Reading Collaborative Action Network directly addresses the need for early elementary literacy proficiency. Our Read Memphis Project has replicated our Adult Learning Program within the Shelby County Department of Corrections, in order to assist as many low literate incarcerated individuals as possible. Learn more about our Third Grade Reading Collaborative Action Network by clicking here. And if you’re interested in our Read Memphis Project, learn more about that by clicking here.

Let’s Talk About Adult Literacy

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Hi reader! Thanks for stopping by. I heard that you had some questions about adult literacy, and specifically about the work we do around adult literacy. So let’s talk about it. We don’t necessarily think that you don’t know what literacy is, but there is a lot more to it than just the ability to read. So, without further ado, let’s talk about literacy.

Okay, I’m here. So, what is literacy, exactly?

Literacy is “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.” This is a fancy way of saying that literacy is the ability to make sense of written words, and in our case, words that are written in English. Our country is full of words and an individual who is low literate will have a harder time making sense of written words than one who isn’t. Think about it: if you had difficulty with reading, everyday things like utility bills, instruction manuals, prescriptions, job applications and books of all shapes, sizes, and genres could be a blank slate for you.

Wait a minute. “Low literate”? You mean “illiterate” right?

You could say that. But we are a society that places a lot of value on the ability to read, and the descriptive term “illiterate,” in our view, has some pretty negative connotations. We don’t use it to describe people if we can help it.

Besides, research has proven that literacy isn’t a static value–that is to say, the days are behind us where we think about literacy as: a person either definitely can or definitely cannot read. Literacy is best measured on a continuum, and individuals who are low literate vary between the inability to understand the most basic of words to the ability to read at a level equivalent to a middle school student. Those are the people we’re helping, and according to our research, the majority of the people that we serve have the same amount of reading ability as an elementary school student. But that measurement still doesn’t account for the ability to do things like fill out a deposit slip, find the time of an event on a flyer, or perform other simple tasks, which many of our learners can do.

Another term that people use is “functionally illiterate.” You can learn more about that term by clicking this link.

So how do people end up low literate?

The reasons are many and varied, but there are some universal markers: people of specific racial/ethnic groups, people at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum, and people whose first language is not English are more likely to be low literate than other groups of people. This is very much due to the fact that people from these groups are walking around with a weighted knapsack strapped to them, so to speak: the disadvantages that they face as a result of social marginalization makes educational achievement difficult, even if they try really, really hard.

However, even controlling for this, there is still no one concrete reason for low literacy in adults, and to categorize literacy ability as achievement is wrong of me: Many of these adults terminated their high school career before they completed it, but many still have high school diplomas, and some have even completed college courses.

Even though we have difficulty discussing the reasons why people have a hard time developing intermediate or advanced literacy skills, we are very certain on the factors that DO NOT result in low literacy for adults:

  • Laziness
  • Lack of Intelligence
  • Ancestry
  • Ethnicity
  • Innate Ability
What do illit–I’m sorry, low literate adults look like?

Like you and me! I’m not joking. The most recent statistics report that about 14% of individuals in the United States of America are unable to read at a basic level. That’s more than 30 million folks, split up among all kinds of ethnicities, genders, religions, and walks of life.

More than 100,000 of those people call the Mid-South their home. And they’re a varied bunch of people, any of whom you could be interacting with on a daily basis. We’ve assisted aspiring novelists, business owners, and scholars. At Literacy Mid-South, we recognize where our adult learners have been, but we also focus on where they want to go.

Okay, okay. I’m sold. Low literate adults need help. But how can I help? I’m just one person!

There are a few ways that you can help. Advocacy is important. Tell your friends the truth about what low literacy in adults looks like. Spread the word on the effect it has on people’s lives. Dispel myths, rumors, and misunderstandings about low literate people, and point people in the direction of information and assistance.

If you want to be more active, consider volunteering with Literacy Mid-South. The dedication, time, and energy of our volunteers allows us to directly assist low literate adults across the Mid-South. Tutors not only assist adult learners in directly improving their literacy skill, they also help learners create confidence in their ability to achieve. Even if you aren’t able to tutor an adult, you can help at Literacy Mid-South’s special events, which help foster a joy of reading among Mid-Southerners. You can click this link for more information on volunteering.

If you are someone who is constantly on the go and can’t dedicate time, you can always assist with a financial donation. Donations provide Literacy Mid-South with the flexibility it needs to provide top of the line instruction and training to tutors, as well as assisting with other programs that directly impact the literacy ability of adults in the Mid-South, such as our Read Memphis project. Click this link for more information on donating.

Wow, okay. That’s a lot of information, but I think I got it.

Cool! I’m glad you stopped by to chat. Thanks for being so open minded about this and remember, you can stop back by here anytime if you have more questions!