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3 Surprising Reasons Why Volunteer Tutoring Helps you Live Longer
Posted by Ben Davis on April 26, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryWomen's EmpowermentcategoryAdvocacy

While talking with Ruth Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy, she has said volunteering will “change your life as well as change the life of a student.” Besides the fact that volunteer tutors have the ability to better the lives of students, their families, and have the satisfaction of knowing that they improved their community, how else does volunteering benefit someone? According to the American Psychological Association, volunteering might increase your lifespan. “People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves."

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In Loving Memory of Barbara Bush
Posted by Peter Waite on April 18, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryWomen's EmpowermentcategoryNews


We truly lost an icon in literacy with the passing of Barbara Bush at 92. While there have been other champions for literacy, Barbara Bush was in a league of her own. Mrs. Bush was different than others who have promoted the value of literacy and importance of reading—she always went further. Not content with being the nation’s great “cheerleader” for literacy, as she used to say, she took it a step beyond by seeking support and new allies in the effort to expand literacy programs everywhere. 

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A Volunteer’s Perspective: Second Chances


It's volunteer awareness month and we want to put the volunteer spotlight on our very own programs administrative assistant, June Mastrogiovanni. June is also a one-on-one volunteer tutor at LiteracyCNY in Syracuse, New York. She is passionate not only about teaching her students basic literacy and English as a second language, but about creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for her students that helps create a lasting impact. Read the inspiring interview with June!

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Volunteer Stories: A Most Rewarding Experience


As a single mother from Somalia with two children, Teamir Melaku needed help developing her English language skills. Additionally, she had a goal to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). To do so, she needed to pass the CNA test, which she had already attempted two times.

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7 Unseen Problems Low-Literate Adults Experience When They Hide Their Secret

It may be a surprise to you that every American has most likely interacted in one way or another with an adult who has little to no literacy skills. The fact is that there are 36 million adults in the United States who can’t read above a third-grade level. That means the likelihood of meeting someone who struggles to read is truly staggering.


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