ProLiteracy, the leader in adult literacy content development, programs, and advocacy for more than 60 years, is pleased to announce the winners of the ProLiteracy Hero Contest. ProLiteracy launched the contest to raise awareness of the adult literacy crisis and to recognize the adult education and literacy heroes worldwide!
A panel of ProLiteracy judges chose the finalists from hundreds of stories and submissions that were sent in from around the world. The video and story submissions were posted to the ProLiteracy website http://www.proliteracy.org and opened up to a public vote. Almost a half million votes were received. Each week, the finalists were narrowed down, until the first-, second-, and third-place winners were selected.
An estimated 36 million adults in the U.S. struggle with basic reading, writing, and math skills. “The local literacy organizations are the heroes who make adult learners’ dreams come true,” said Kevin Morgan, President and CEO of ProLiteracy. “We are proud to be part of an amazing group of programs and individuals that work tirelessly to teach adults to read, and empower them to change their lives.”
The winners of the ProLiteracy Hero Contest are:
First place: Seeds of Literacy in Columbus, Ohio
Second place: Vision Literacy in Santa Clara County, California
Third place: Tarrant Literacy Coalition in Fort Worth, Texas
ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education nonprofit organization in the nation. ProLiteracy works with adult new readers and learners and with local and national organizations to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English skills they need to be successful. ProLiteracy advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 50 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries.