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Over the years, I have observed that while Memorial Day tributes will be given to special groups—the battalions of the Army and Marines, the battle groups of the Navy, the air wings of the Air Force, and others—one group of service members will go largely unnoticed and unappreciated. Indeed, they were unwanted to begin with, and only used when the demands for manpower at the front became so great that the military services had to use them. They are the undereducated, marginally literate young adults who score between the 10th and 30th percentiles at the lower end of the military's bell curve of aptitude, known in military personnel circles as “Category IV’s” and in other, less professionally restrained circles as “dummies.”

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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 FieldcategoryAdvocacy
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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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Measuring Trends in Adult Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 01, 2018 in categoryAdvocacycategoryMember Tips
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Each year, we conduct a survey of ProLiteracy’s 1,000 member organizations in all 50 states to measure local programmatic activities. With an emphasis on tracking multi-year trends in the field, we ask about services provided, student and instructor demographics, instructional methods, and funding sources.

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The Voices of Adult Literacy: Letters to the Representatives
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on February 23, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy
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In April 2017, ProLiteracy launched its Letters for Literacy Campaign to advocate against the proposed federal budget cuts for FY 2018. We asked individuals and organizations to reach out to their local legislators and senators to stress the significant role that funding for adult literacy programs plays in our shared communities. Here are their words.


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What does raising the caps mean for adult literacy?
Posted by Peter Waite on February 14, 2018 in categoryAdvocacy
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Last week Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that contained important changes to the FY18 and FY19 budgeting process. These changes included a significant raise in the budget ceilings (known as caps) for both defense and non-defense discretionary funding. Raising the caps allows for significant increases in the overall spending in these areas for both fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

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