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From Convicted Ponzi Scheme Hedge Fund Trader to Incarcerated Literacy Teacher

We don't normally receive letters from people asking us to publish their work on our blog. It is even rarer when the writer is currently incarcerated in federal prison. Recently, Neal Goyal contacted us and after discussing whether or not to publish his letter, we decided to post his letter to ProLiteracy and along with his essay. Neal is serving a six-year sentence for stealing $11 million in a Ponzi scheme through his Chicago investment firm. He is also a GED and literacy instructor for his fellow inmates. Neal truly does offer a new perspective on the importance of literacy among the incarcerated. Here’s what he wrote:


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7 Unseen Problems Low-Literate Adults Experience When They Hide Their Secret
Posted by Ben Davis on January 12, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryStories from the Field
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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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Student Stories: From Under Employed to Restaurant Manager
Posted by Ben Davis on May 16, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories
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Flor, who read at a second-grade level, was working in a low-wage job in a packing house and was unable to help her struggling daughter in school. After seeking out literacy help at Literacy Services of Indian River County she was able to get a job as a restaurant manager and—most importantly—was able to help her daughter earn advanced placement in her middle school classes.


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Can you tell which celebrities earned their GED®?
Posted by Ben Davis on March 22, 2017
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Obtaining a GED certificate (Or equivalent credential) can open doors to opportunities. Having a high school diploma or an equivalency credential can help you Get a job and earn money, go to college or technical school, and stay on the straight and narrow.

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Top 5 Mobile Games and Apps for Adult Learners
Posted by Ben Davis on February 09, 2017
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Top 5 Mobile Games and Apps for Adult Learners

Gen Xers and Millenials have grown up playing video games and using technology. With the growing reliance on smartphones, people are constantly connected. Knowing this, I wanted to find ways to help adult learners practice important education skills in a fun, convenient way.


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