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8/25/2015

ProLiteracy to Honor Leaders and Innovators in Adult Literacy

Literacy for Life is the winner of the Award for Program Innovation and Collaboration for their innovative HEAL Program®. Award winners will receive their awards at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy in Charleston, South Carolina, October 14-17.Literacy for Life is the winner of the Award for Program Innovation and Collaboration for their innovative HEAL Program®. Award winners will receive their awards at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy in Charleston, South Carolina, October 14-17.

ProLiteracy is pleased to announce that at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy, awards will be presented to recognize the outstanding efforts of those who are making a difference in the adult literacy field. The awards will be given at the upcoming conference in Charleston, South Carolina, October 14-17.

Award recipients include:

Ruth J. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Adult Learner Excellence
Eulalia President
Trident Literacy Association, North Charleston, South Carolina

Ruth J. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Excellence in Community-Based Adult Literacy
Meg Nugent
Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Nashville, Tennessee

Award for Program Innovation and Collaboration
Literacy for Life
Williamsburg, Virginia

Ann C. Michel Women in Literacy Award
Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP)
Cambodia

Dollar General Student of the Year
Jennifer Chadwick
Literacy Coalition, South Central Arkansas

“We recognize these individuals and organizations for their tireless efforts in the field of adult literacy and basic education,” said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “They truly are dedicated to improving the lives of the millions of adults who cannot read, write, or do math above a basic level. They are an important asset in adult literacy efforts, and we are so pleased to be able to honor them and their work at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy.”

ProLiteracy is a nonprofit organization that believes every adult has a right to literacy. For more than 50 years, it has been working with passionate people and organizations across the globe to create a world where every adult can read and write. It develops and promotes adult literacy learning, content, and programs for adult learners, and advocates on their behalf. Low literacy has become such a serious problem in our country that 36 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children. When individuals the world over learn how to read, the more likely they are to contribute to improved health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and lift themselves out of poverty.

This year’s four-day conference will have a focus on professional development, advocacy, and creating public awareness for adult literacy. Executive directors, instructors, volunteers, program managers, board members, and students from adult literacy programs around the country will discover new sustainability and fundraising strategies, learn how to implement dynamic programming, enhance their professional development and leadership skills, and engage with a diverse group of peers.

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org.

Additional Information
The U.S. loses billions of dollars every year because of low productivity in the workforce, high unemployment rates, Medicaid costs, the cost of food stamps, and expenses associated with providing subsidized housing. Millions of adults living in the U.S. struggle with basic literacy skills. In the U.S., 14 percent of adults over 16 read below a fifth-grade level, and 29 percent read at only an eighth grade level. Among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43 percent live in poverty.

 

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8/4/2015

ProLiteracy Helps High School Students Learn Financial Literacy Skills with Exciting New Program

Bob Daino, President and CEO of WCNY, talks about the importance of working together to bring new educational opportunities to our community during the ProLiteracy financial literacy event on August 4, 2015.Bob Daino, President and CEO of WCNY, talks about the importance of working together to bring new educational opportunities to our community during the ProLiteracy financial literacy event on August 4, 2015.

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the United States, is helping local high school students learn the financial literacy skills they need to make good day-to-day decisions regarding money. The project is made possible with a $15,000 contribution from AT&T Aspire and will benefit over 300 students.

ProLiteracy has partnered with WCNY Public Media to utilize its Enterprise America simulated city of 14 businesses and a City Hall. Students use the skills they are learning to run the businesses. This new project builds on the Enterprise America program by enhancing financial literacy activities to young adults entering or soon to be entering the job market, and facing the challenges of money — opening bank accounts, paying bills, applying for loans, launching start-ups, and more.

Upon completion of the program, each participating high school student is given a money management book, Control Your Money, which is designed to assist learners in important financial situations. Students also get one free download of a companion mobile app and a summary guide on how to best utilize the provided resources.

“We are excited to be able to provide resources that are designed to help students build fundamental math skills by employing real-life financial applications,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “There is a significant need for students to improve math and financial literacy skills for high school graduation. Math is a key area of weakness and the resulting lack of financial literacy causes long-term problems for today’s youth and young adults.”

The support for this financial literacy initiative is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s
$350 million commitment to education. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on high school success and workforce readiness. The program creates new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to take on 21st century careers.

“AT&T is proud to join this dynamic partnership with ProLiteracy and WCNY that will positively impact young lives in our community and better prepare them for future success,” says Kevin Hanna, AT&T regional director of external affairs. “The work that these organizations do locally is phenomenal, and we are excited to be part of this new partnership to increase the financial literacy skills of young adults in the community.”

“WCNY is committed to providing Central New York young adults with hands-on, real-world educational experiences to prepare them for future careers,” says Robert J. Daino, president and CEO of WCNY. “We’re excited to partner with ProLiteracy and AT&T to enable WCNY to deliver even more dynamic educational programming for area teenagers.”

 

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org

About WCNY
WCNY is Central New York’s public media organization. As the public voice for Central New York, WCNY’s mission is to connect with and give back to the community by inspiring, educating, and entertaining the public with programming that encourages a deep appreciation for diversity and shared humanity. Enterprise America is an entrepreneurial, financial, civic, and STEM program offered at WCNY that helps young people explore a variety of job opportunities while teaching skills required for successful employment. It is the only program of its kind in New York State. For more information about WCNY, please visit www.wcny.org

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social investment, and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. For more information about AT&T, please visit about.att.com

 

 

Financial Literacy Facts

  • More than 36 million American adults struggle to read, write, and do basic math.
  • Low literacy leads to difficulty understanding mortgage documents, bank statements, and credit card agreements, and may make people more vulnerable to questionable lending practices and risky financial behavior.
  • 57 percent of women with low literacy do not know what their credit score is.
  • 38 percent of high school seniors say that they are unprepared or unsure of how to manage their own banking and personal finances.
  • 38 percent of parents will help their students set up a bank account.
  • In a 2013 survey, 64 percent of young adults said they learned about spending in high school, 49 percent learned about borrowing, and only 23 percent learned about financial protection (i.e. emergency fund, identity theft).
  • 44 percent of students planning to take out student loans for college say that they have either not discussed, or only had a brief conversation, with their parents about how student loans work.
  • 37 percent of first-year college students said that finances are a significant source of stress.
  • 70 percent of first-year college students either currently have student loans or plan to borrow before they finish school.
  • 36 percent of recent college graduates said they had to live with their parents longer than expected.

 

Citations:
Capital One, “As High School Graduates Open their Gifts, Parents Have Key Opportunity to Talk Money Management,” June 14, 2011; American Express, “Back-to-School Gadget Buys Are Up, Though Kids Still Need Pencils to Chew On,” August 20, 2013; CreditDonkey.com, “Survey: Financial Literacy Statistics,” July 3, 2013; Inceptia, “First-Year College Students Score Poorly in Basic Financial Literacy,” January 22, 2013; College Savings Foundation, “College Savings Foundation Survey Shows Delay in Life Milestones for Recent College Graduates,” May 23, 2012,

 

 

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6/26/2015

ProLiteracy Receives Support of Best-Selling Author Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts speaks with Sherrie Claiborne, a ProLiteracy board member, at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy. Nora Roberts is a supporter and advocate of literacy. Nora Roberts speaks with Sherrie Claiborne, a ProLiteracy board member, at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy. Nora Roberts is a supporter and advocate of literacy.

ProLiteracy is pleased to announce that Nora Roberts, New York Times best-selling author and passionate advocate for literacy, has written a public letter to declare her support for the advancement of adult literacy, ProLiteracy, and local literacy organizations nationwide.

“We heartily support organizations which seek to empower people through literacy. Reading is a portal—into the past, the future. It’s a parent reading to the child on his lap. It’s someone filling out a job application to better her life or following a recipe from a cookbook to feed her family. It’s elemental, and it’s vital,” Roberts said. “We can help open worlds by funding literacy, by giving our real and tangible support to organizations like ProLiteracy and their members that work to teach the power and pleasure of reading and devote their time and efforts to that most basic, necessary and human skill. By funding literacy you help give that pleasure and wonder to others.”

ProLiteracy is a nonprofit organization that believes that every adult has a right to literacy. For more than 50 years, it has been working with passionate people and organizations across the globe to create a world where every person can read and write. It develops and promotes adult literacy learning, content, and programs to help adult learners, and advocates on their behalf. When individuals the world over learn how to read, the more likely they are to lift themselves out of poverty, contribute to improved health care costs, and find and keep sustainable employment.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy said, “Through her foundation, Nora Roberts is a major, longtime ProLiteracy supporter, helping us transform lives and communities through adult literacy. The support of high-profile people such as Nora Roberts really matters, and enables us to raise awareness about the crisis of adult literacy. The educational gap has become such a serious problem in our country that of the 36 million American adults that need literacy help, nearly half live at or below the poverty level. That's why it's so important to understand the issues and confront the facts head on. Only then can we can stand together to impact change.”

Nora Roberts has written more than 200 novels, and more than 400 million copies of her books are in print around the world. In 2001, Roberts created the Nora Roberts Foundation with the primary purpose of supporting literacy. Roberts also sees the foundation as an avenue of support for local organizations that promote and encourage literacy, children, the arts, and humanitarian efforts. These areas, particularly important to her and her family, serve as the focus of the foundation. For more information about Roberts, please visit her websites, www.noraroberts.com and www.norarobertsfoundation.org.


About ProLiteracy?
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org.

 

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