What I Learned Working at ProLiteracy
Posted by Katie Davis on August 29, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field

What I learned working at ProLiteracy

When I started my internship with the marketing department at ProLiteracy earlier this summer, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. My brother, Ben Davis, works at ProLiteracy as a marketing associate, and I knew he had a good impression of ProLiteracy and thought it was a good working environment, but I didn’t know exactly how I would be incorporated into the team.

A summer of learning

I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. ProLiteracy has a cheerful and passionate, yet laid-back atmosphere. Working with the marketing department—Michele Bellso, Jennifer Paulding, Cathi Miller, and Ben—was so fun. They are smart, work well together, and really taught me what an efficient, professional team looks like and how it operates. The team was very patient, willing to teach, and enjoyable to be around. They all care about what they are doing, and it shows.  

Watching them work, collaborating, and completing my own assignments all allowed me to learn so much. I wrote blog posts and a press release, worked on a video with my brother, helped with the 2018 calendar, and wrote some pieces of ProLiteracy’s upcoming “member toolkits.” Jennifer, who gave me my assignments, made it clear that she really cared that I take away as much as I could from the experience. She taught me so much in a short time.

How it helped me

I am a sophomore in college with my associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and up until recently was unsure about what I wanted to focus on as a major or degree program. I feel very lucky to have finally found something that I would like to continue to learn about and possibly pursue as a career. I am now applying to public relations and communications programs. ProLiteracy helps so many people learn, including myself.

It felt good to work for an organization that’s pushing for real progress

Before I started my internship, I didn’t think about the need for basic adult education in the United States and around the world. On my very first day, I was assigned many materials to read through to learn about the need, our mission, and our organization. The fact that 36 million adults in the U.S. have low reading and math skills seemed unacceptable to me. I know it would strike others if they knew about it.

The work that ProLiteracy does to raise awareness of this issue is crucial. It’s clear that our economy, our education systems, and our job market would all benefit by a decrease in the number of low-literate adults. It’s just a matter of getting the word out and showing people the real consequences of low-literacy. Let’s all work toward this goal together.


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