If I Was Adult Literacy, My New Year’s Resolution Would Be…
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 27, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field

The year 2017 was filled with inspiration, innovation, and impact for adults who needed help the most. With the support of advocates, donors, volunteers, and programs, communities are thriving and adult literacy rates are continuing to rise across the globe. 

Our vision has flourished this year with a number of prosperous projects including:

  • The continued development of various online projects, such as the new Tutor Training to be available on ProLiteracy Education Network; a new workforce curriculum for immigrants, funded by the Pitney Bowes Foundation; and the current piloting step of a new career pathways web-based platform for students, funded by Project Literacy

We want to mirror these great successes and add more in the New Year. ProLiteracy recently asked some of its staff members to share their resolutions from the adult literacy point-of-view.

If I were adult literacy, my New Year’s resolution would be…

“that for everyone who loves to read, they will share that joy with someone else by teaching an adult to read.”
—Michele B.

“to make sure I  deliver myself into the minds of all children.”
—Michele D.

“to change some of the negative stigmas around the adult literacy crisis. I want to change the perception that the “more important” issues have nothing to do with literacy. The reality is that education is connected to all major issues such as healthcare, unemployment, and the economy.”
—Ben D.

“to create more exposure of this crisis to the general public, so anyone wanting to know how to get help would know exactly who to contact and/or where to go for help.”
—Sue W.

“to reduce the barriers that make it difficult for adults to take advantage of advancing their education and meet their goals.”
—Sarah H.

“to do more networking: develop more partnerships and collaborations with both public and private entities across various sectors to lay the groundwork for scalable, sustainable literacy gains. 
—Amanda M.

“to teach the world to read.” 
—Terrie L.

“to acknowledge the hard work it’s going to take to achieve HSE. It’s not a High School Diploma.  Any perceived prestige between the two doesn’t matter because you don’t have either.

It’s 4 years of high school knowledge. It’s math. It’s writing. It’s hard.
It’s realizing you need basic reading and writing help before you can even begin to go for the HSE.
It’s realizing you may have a learning disability.
It’s trying to get into a class.
It’s getting knowledge in a crowded classroom.
It’s studying independently because you know that’s the only way you’re going to get it.
It’s finding someone you know to help you through the tough bits.
It’s overcoming distractions that constantly draw you away from studying.
It’s easier to quit.
It’s falling off the study wagon and climbing back on.
It’s failing a part of the test and having to study more and go back and do it again.
It’s dealing with the test center and making sure all your records are all in a row.
It’s losing your HSE paperwork and the test center closing and having to go do it all over again.
It’s getting real.”

—June M.

“to bring more national attention to the issue.”
—Mike S.

“to generate a level of awareness that empowers real, lasting change for the issue and how it affects poverty, unemployment, and healthcare, for the programs that help address the issue by providing basic literacy and ESOL instruction, and workforce readiness, and for the adults who need the help to further their lives and achieve their dreams.”
Jennifer P.


  • Danny Jones 1 years 11 days ago
    If it was the question of Adult Literacy, I will do all I can to make sure I help as many adults read and write. It’s a matter of real concern that so many people that should have learnt to read and write by the age of 6 or 7, are deprived of the basic human right of education till now. Websites like are helping people with academic writing.

    • Jacqui 352 days ago
      At Literacy Volunteers on the Green, we resolve to increase our opportunities for intensive classes in order to serve those students who can attend more than once per week and to collaborate with local agencies in order to provide more help in the 16 communities we serve.


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