ProLiteracy, the largest national adult literacy nonprofit organization in the United States announced a series of new education initiatives that will impact its mission of changing lives and communities through the power of adult literacy.
The $600,000 investment will be allocated to six new ProLiteracy initiatives that will focus on the organizational strategies related to educational resources, professional development, advocacy, and sustainability. Almost one-third of the investment, $182,000, is being allocated to launching the following two projects that will focus directly on the changing needs of adult education and literacy providers in 2021 and beyond:
- “Learning From a Distance” training package. This comprehensive professional development tool will include the training and tools providers need to implement various types of distance education models in their own instructional programs.
- The Laubach Way to Reading—Spanish app. Building on the historical success of the Laubach Way to Reading method, this new app will allow adult students in Latin America who don’t have access to reliable internet connectivity to access education content.
"Our new initiatives will address the evolving needs of adult literacy programs — both domestic and international." said Michele Diecuch, Senior Director of Programs.
Kevin Morgan, President and CEO of ProLiteracy, said in a statement "Part of the core mandate of the board of directors is to assure that the organization has adequate capacity and resources to affect its mission. We are fortunate that through individual donations, bequests, fees for services, and our investment portfolio, the organization's net assets have increased 350 percent since 2013. The board of directors has approved an annual spend down of 5 percent of board-designated endowment to underwrite new initiatives to scale our impact."
Morgan added "The board recently approved a number of requests that focus on ProLiteracy's key strategic goals of professional development, education resources, and advocacy to benefit adult literacy programs in the field."
ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education nonprofit membership organization in the nation. ProLiteracy is the leader in adult literacy content development, programs, and advocacy for more than 60 years. ProLiteracy works with its member organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, English, and digital skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states, and works with 21 nongovernmental organizations in 35 developing countries. For more information, visit ProLiteracy.org. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.