Happy Birthday Ruth Colvin
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on December 16, 2019 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryWomen's EmpowermentcategoryAdvocacy

Today, we celebrate Ruth’s 103rd birthday!

At ProLiteracy we are grateful for the work of Ruth and the late Dr. Robert Laubach to innovate adult literacy education learning, content, and programming. For more than 60 years, ProLiteracy and its founding organizations have worked to empower and create options for low-level learners by building the capabilities of the literacy service providers who assist them.

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Literacy Education: Beaufort County’s United Front
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on December 12, 2019 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

In Beaufort County, North Carolina, there is a literacy education movement making headlines for shedding light on the importance of adult, child, and health literacy in their community. 

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Veterans Advocate for Parent Education and Literacy
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on November 13, 2019 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy


Tom Sticht, retired International Consultant in Adult Education, shared his experiences with National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) Board of Directors member Wally “Famous” Amos. The cookie connoisseur speaks to the importance of family literacy and his concern for the intergenerational effects of an adult’s literacy on their children’s literacy.

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It is Never Too Late to Earn a GED® Diploma
It is Never Too Late to Earn a GED® Diploma

My name is Katherine Bryant, and I am 64 years young, a mother of five, and a grandmother of 23. I left high school at the age of 17 to help care for my sick mother. And honestly, leaving was not a hard choice because I didn’t love school and there were plenty of jobs.   

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How Two Women Changed Adult Literacy in Maine Forever
How Two Women Changed Adult Literacy in Maine Forever

The summer following their initial visit to LVA, Agnes and Sister Mary took what they learned during their training and from the “each one teach one” philosophy and traveled an estimated total of 2,500 miles to speak at various church groups across the state of Maine. The pair educated communities about low literacy among adults and informed them how important it is to volunteer at adult literacy programs. This eventually lead to the start of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.

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