The LeBron James Family Foundation Takes Action for Adult Literacy
Posted by Katie Davis on July 28, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryStories from the Field

It’s Never Too Late to Earn Your GED and Achieve Your Goals

Not only does LeBron James help his city of Cleveland earn NBA championship titles, but he also gives back to the community by providing the benefits of adult education and literacy. The LeBron James Family Foundation has provided help, at no cost, to eight parents who wished to earn their GED® credential. 

By passing the GED test and graduating last week, each parent in the class has taken the first steps toward a better education, better career, and better future for their families. 

Emily Ross, a 38-year-old single mother of 4 from Akron, Ohio, tried once before to pass the GED test. But, with the help of the LeBron James Family Foundation and her drive to be a positive role model for her children, Ross can now say she succeeded. “I have 4 little girls looking up to me, so knowing that they were watching me really is what made it impossible to fail.” Before this, college was never an option for Ross. “I never even considered it… until now,” she said. She now hopes to pursue a career working with animals. “It’s never too late, never too late to take the wheel and take hold of your future,” she said.

How the GED Test and High School Equivalency Make the Difference

Ross is not alone. Approximately 36 million adults in the U.S. struggle with low reading, writing, and basic math skills. And each year, one in six students—over one million young adults—drop out of high school. There are many reasons that contribute to why people make this choice, including poverty, the reading level of their parents, and, like Ross, not considering college a possibility. Children with low-literate parents have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading level themselves. This is the cycle that the eight parents from Ohio chose to break this year. 

By earning a high school equivalency degree through the GED, HiSET®, or TASC programs, parents can open the doors to postsecondary education, advanced training, and employment in a higher-earning position. It sets an example and opens doors for their children who are inspired by the perseverance of their parents. 

GED Test Preparation 

New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, offers a wide variety of high school equivalency test preparation materials for the GED, HiSET, and TASC tests. Along with providing materials to learn the skills needed to pass, ProLiteracy supports its member organizations that provide HSE classes and tutoring. 
In addition, New Readers Press and the GED Testing Service® collaborated recently to create this new video series, How to Write a Great GED® Extended Response.


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