Adult Literacy Advocacy


As a ProLiteracy advocate you can help strengthen our voice to create awareness of adult literacy challenges, influence public policy, and create needed change.

Become a dedicated change-maker for adult literacy

You can make a big difference in just a few minutes. That's all it takes to contact your elected officials and urge them to take action on behalf of adult learners around the nation. The actions of our government have an enormous impact on the lives of you and your family, and we hope you'll use this site to learn about things that matter to you.

Please take the following actions:

1. Take part in our  Letters for Literacy Campaign to change lives by writing letters and reminding our representatives how essential literacy resources are.

2. When you receive action alerts from us, please send an email to your elected officials to urge them to take action on behalf of adult literacy and basic education programs and learners.  Find your elected official

Everything you need to get started is in the Advocacy Toolkit

Tell your elected officials that adult literacy is an important issue for us all: 

  • Adult literacy talking points 
  • Tips for calling an elected official 
  • Tips on sending a message to your representative in congress 
  • Tips for getting on the record in town hall meetings or public hearings 
  • Tips on In-District Group Visits 
  • Tips for writing letters to the editor

Download the Toolkit


  • We provide an advocacy toolkit to all 1,000 ProLiteracy members
  • We send out action alerts on legislative to our network on timely votes/issues/policy
  • We conduct research on the economic impact of low literacy adults
  • We place ads, articles, and videos in national media
  • We created a Public Policy and Advocacy Committee comprised of local program staff and national literacy leaders
  • We participate on the National Coalition for Literacy

Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) is an international survey conducted in 40 countries that measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. PIAAC is designed to assess adults in different countries over a broad range of abilities, from simple reading to complex problem solving skills. 

Key Findings

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Read the latest news about adult literacy public policy, global awareness efforts, and ProLiteracy's advocacy work.

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