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The Role of Theater and Literacy in Prison
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on February 01, 2019 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy


Prison Performing Arts (PPA) is a multi-disciplinary literacy and performing arts program dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and adults in Missouri’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. The program provides incarcerated adults, youth, and those reestablishing themselves in their communities outside of prison with an opportunity to improve their literacy and communication skills.

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Shutdown vs. Social Safety Net
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on January 17, 2019 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy



Numerous news articles and blog posts over the past few weeks have underscored the magnitude of the impact that the partial federal shutdown is having on low-wage workers and adults who are unemployed or under-employed. Not always recognized, but pivotal, is the connection with adult literacy and numeracy.


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3 Ways Literacy is Empowering Women in Africa


In 2016, with the support of The West Foundation, ProLiteracy started an international project to meet the specific needs of women in underdeveloped African countries. We are currently supporting a three-year health literacy pilot program with three sub-Saharan African non-governmental organizations by integrating health education into their basic literacy programs.

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The Effects of Adult Literacy on Children
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on November 30, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacy
ProLiteracy Blog on the affects of parents' literacy on their children.

We need to make massive injections of adult literacy education in our nation if we are to raise the reading achievement levels of high school graduates through the intergenerational transfer of literacy from parents to their children.

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Election Results May Be Significant for Adult Literacy
Posted by Peter Waite on November 13, 2018 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy


The recent elections have once more ushered in some significant changes at the federal, state, and local levels. These changes may be significant for the adult literacy field and possible funding levels, as well as literacy program enhancements.

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