Educators. Innovators. Leaders in adult literacy, partnering with you to transform lives and communities.
We’re experts in adult education who believe that even the smallest community-based organizations can change the world through literacy. Yes, we work with large associations and governments to advance literacy at a greater scale. But the outstanding, passionate work of grassroots programs is at the core of who we are and who we’ve always been.
Our history is rooted in the inspiring work of Dr. Frank C. Laubach and Ruth J. Colvin, two passionate educators who in the 1950s and ’60s founded literacy organizations with the common goal of creating a more literate world.
Following a quarter century of adult literacy work as a missionary throughout the world, Dr. Frank used the platform of his new nonprofit organization to educate people in the US about the transformative power of literacy.
In 1963, Dr. Frank’s son, Dr. Robert Laubach, was teaching at the Syracuse University School of Journalism when he found his calling to follow in his father's literacy footsteps. He created a newspaper for low-literate adults and began developing and testing learning materials for new readers as New Readers Press, the publishing division of Laubach Literacy International.
Ruth Colvin was moved when she heard Dr. Frank speak about literacy. When she read that over 11,000 people in her hometown of Syracuse, NY, struggled to read and write, she began organizing volunteer tutors out of her basement.
By 2002, these organizations had merged into one. Out of this incredible legacy, ProLiteracy today is leading the charge to advance adult literacy through our support of hundreds of grassroots programs—like the ones that started it all—throughout the U.S. and the world.
You’re here because you believe that education changes lives and communities. So do we. Meet our team of passionate educators, literacy advocates, and innovative thinkers, united in our commitment to support your life-changing work in every possible way.
As a ProLiteracy member, you join the ranks of the world’s most innovative— and effective—adult educators, regardless of the size of your organization. Your membership advances our mission, and our mission is to enhance yours.
International Literacy Day: In partnership with the Yum! Foundation and KFC, we will help spread literacy and spur lifelong learning throughout Egypt.Read the Story
Given that a lot of the services adult literacy programs provide are delivered by volunteer tutors, teachers, and support staff, it’s not surprising that recruiting and retaining volunteers is a consistent concern.Read the Story
Through a new partnership with Guild, employees at innovative employers will now have employer-funded access to the New Readers Press High School Equivalency Preparation distance learning program.Read the Story
With your help, we can continue. Learn more about ProLiteracy partnerships and how your
organization can help us transform lives and communities.