ProLiteracy Videos

For My Daughter

The ProLiteracy "For My Daughter" video highlights one of the social issues of low adult literacy. Did you know that one out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school? Low-skilled parents cannot read to their children, nor encourage a love of learning. When low-skilled adults improve their literacy skills, this impacts the literacy of their children. 

A Conversation with Ruth Colvin

Literacy as a global mission interested Ruth Johnson Colvin for years. When, in 1961, she learned that more than 11,000 people in her adopted hometown of Syracuse, New York, were illiterate. “Why doesn’t somebody do something?” she wondered. In 1962, she did something—she started Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), one of the founding organizations of ProLiteracy. Her legacy is the country's largest literacy program.

A Conversation with Dr. Bob

When Dr. Robert Laubach (Dr. Bob), was in high school in Manila, Philippines, he learned to set type and run the printing press that produced reading material for people in Laubach Literacy programs. Out of that work, he started New Readers Press. Today, New Readers Press has grown to become a leading resource for adult literacy, publishing more than 400 titles for adult learners and their teachers.