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The Volunteer’s Perspective: Helping Low Income Women Change Their Lives
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on April 25, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field
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In honor of national volunteer week, we have asked some literacy volunteers to share their perspectives with us. The individuals who volunteer their time to teach adults to read are helping to change the world one learner at a time, and they should be recognized for their dedication. Mercy Learning Center (MLC) in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is devoted to providing basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women in a compassionate and supportive environment. Volunteer tutors at MLC help women improve their English skills, learn to read and write, and prepare for the GED® exam.


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African Nonprofit Tackles Poverty with Adult Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on April 20, 2017 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNews
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One of Engage Now Africa’s greatest emphases is on improving adult education by providing communities with literacy tools to help individuals and families improve their quality of life in the long-term. The organization provides education facilitators with the training, accommodations, and tools they need to enhance the learning experience of students. Engage Now Africa’s adult literacy model is supported and funded by communities and their leaders, tribal chiefs, local government ministries, the Peace Corps, and other non-governmental organizations across Africa. 


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At Age 66, Army Vet Conquers Learning to Read

 

Sammy King was 66 years old when he learned how to read. He was inspired after learning about Helen Keller and decided it was finally time to get the help he needed and become literate. This is King’s literacy journey.

 


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How Physician Assistant Students Have Helped Raise Funds for Health Literacy
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Each president of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) has the honor of selecting a presidential charity during his or her tenure. Current NYSSPA president Mary Springston has selected ProLiteracy as the 2017 presidential charity. Springston is also a clinical associate professor and the director of the Le Moyne College Department of Physician Assistant Studies in Syracuse, New York.


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From Poverty to Inspirational Preacher, a 30-Year-Old Learns to Read

 

Jesse Cradduck was an adult who suffered with low literacy. But for Jesse, there was more to it than that. Starting early in life, he faced unimaginable obstacles one after another into adulthood. His ability to overcome finally began with a referral to a local literacy program. Learning to read would eventually lead him to become the inspiration he is to many around the world today.


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