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A New Mom with New Literacy Aspirations
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 08, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment


At 17, Amber dropped out of high school frustrated by a curriculum she struggled to understand. Mild learning disabilities left her unable to fully grasp the material, and although she tried to ask for help, Amber’s teachers didn’t have the time or the resources to help her succeed. Over the next few years, she wandered into adulthood with no real goals or sense of purpose.

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From Dropping Out of School to Becoming an Interpreter for Deaf Students
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on November 30, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment


Jessica Alvarado is enjoying a successful career doing what she loves—interpreting for deaf students in the classroom. Her road to success wasn’t always direct, but the journey always centered on helping others.

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Literacy Changes Lives: When Life Grew Difficult, She Didn’t Give Up
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on November 16, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment


The stories of adult learners are very inspirational as they overcome heartbreak, embarrassment, and hardship to reach their goals and create a life they thought only existed in their dreams.


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She May Have Quit School But She Didn’t Quit Life


ProLiteracy's membership manager, Michelle Smith, had the opportunity to spend time getting to know the 2017 Dollar General Student of the Year, Ashlea Tedford, at this year's conference. This is Ashlea's adult literacy story.


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Empowerment of Women Through Literacy


Magdalene Gathoni Motsi is a role model to women across Kenya. Her determination to succeed despite limited resources and family obligations kept her kept her goals to attain literacy on track.

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