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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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A Simple Twist of Fate: Dennis and Densel
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on April 04, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories
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The Literacy Council of Grand Island (LCGI) helps adults across Grand Island, Nebraska in the literacy skills necessary to communicate, grow, and thrive in the community. We want to share the story of a dedicated LCGI tutor and his inspirational student, and the wonderful friendship that emerged during their time together.


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Volunteer Stories: A Most Rewarding Experience
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 15, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories
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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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Stories from the Volunteers: Motivated to Make a Change
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 07, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories
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Win is a one-on-one volunteer tutor at Read Muskegon in Muskegon Heights, MI. Volunteers like Win really get to know the learners and are witnesses as the learning and transitions unfold. Here is a Q&A with this inspiring adult literacy volunteer.


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Career Driven Auto Shop Owner Fulfills Life with Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on February 21, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories
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No matter how old a person is, learning to read and write is possible, and it can change a life. Norman Brown, a native of Bakersfield, CA, one of America’s least literate cities, was 47 when he learned to read.

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