Ruth Johnson Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy, the largest membership organization of adult literacy and basic education programs, is the recipient of the 2012 Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL).
Colvin founded Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) in the 1960s. The model—teaching literacy through volunteer tutors—spread to every state in the nation through the efforts of both LVA and Laubach Literacy. In 2002, LVA merged with Laubach Literacy to form ProLiteracy.
The award ceremony will be held on September 12 at 5:30 in the Dirksen Senate Building in Washington, D.C. Other award recipients include:
- David Baldacci, bestselling author, philanthropist, and adult education advocate who founded the Wish You Well Foundation, which has funded literacy programs in more than 40 states
- Save Adult Ed Campaign, a group of advocates in Los Angeles who fought to save adult education funding in that state
- Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), who introduced the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act of 2012
As a leader in the fight for national literacy through his foundation Wish You Well, Baldacci shares a passion for adult literacy and basic education with ProLiteracy and visited with ProLiteracy staff in 2011. He also joined ProLiteracy’s President and CEO David C. Harvey to do important advocacy work on Capitol Hill.
“We are pleased that one of our co-founders, Ruth Colvin, is being recognized for her tireless efforts in the field of adult literacy and basic education,” said Harvey.
Read more about ProLiteracy’s history, find information about Ruth Colvin’s books, or read details about ProLiteracy’s work with David Baldacci.