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ProLiteracy Hero Recap of Week 1
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on November 02, 2018 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

ProLiteracy Hero

On Sunday, October 28, we wrapped up our first round of voting for the very first ProLiteracy Hero contest. It was a close match, with over 55,000 votes. Unfortunately, these three programs did not move forward in the contest but they still deserve to be recognized for the exceptional work they do in the adult literacy field: 

  • Community of Friends Focused on Effective English (COFFEE) is a Louisville, Kentucky, literacy program that helps refugees who are French, Spanish, Swahili, and Nepali speakers learn English. Through the Bible and basic literacy materials, COFFEE educates and empowers learners to learn English, successfully navigate American culture, and flourish in their new home. Basic literacy and writing are essential to tell a story, and COFFEE uses religion to emphasize friendship, community, and learning to help new readers advance as competent English speakers and community members. View COFFEE's ProLiteracy Hero submission.


  • IMANI House is a grassroots non-profit that provides support services to families and youth in Brooklyn, New York, and Liberia, Africa. IMANI House’s mission is to help marginalized youth, families, and immigrants create vibrant neighborhoods by improving their lives through literacy. The nonprofit has worked in Brooklyn and Liberia for over 25 years and helps 20,000 people each year. IMANI House’s adult literacy program is exceptionally robust and helps over 120 learners every year through high school equivalency test prep, math tutoring, and basic literacy education. These programs help adult learners become better community members by sustaining their community and being able to qualify for better jobs. View IMANI House's ProLiteracy Hero submission.


  • Learn to Read Jacksonville is a local non-profit adult literacy program that has worked with ProLiteracy for many years and addresses an incredibly important literacy education need in northeast Florida. One in five Duval County residents reads at or below a sixth-grade level, which impacts the local economy and community drastically. Since 1969, Learn to Read Jacksonville has continued to increase literacy awareness and improve learner access to innovative and successful adult literacy classes. The program relies almost entirely on volunteers and government grants to provide its literacy programs and offers free tutoring to over 500 students every year. View Learn to Read Jacksonville's ProLiteracy Hero submission. 

Once again, ProLiteracy would like to thank the participants of ProLiteracy Hero for the incredible enthusiasm and effort they put into their contest participation. We will continue to share their inspirational stories. We are thankful for amazing programs like theirs that continue to promote adult literacy in their local communities and around the world. All programs are encouraged to participate again next year, and we look forward to seeing your continued success in our venture of improving adult literacy and awareness.





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