Want to change the world?
Start by educating an adult.
Building a more literate society. At ProLiteracy, we believe that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. For more than 50 years, we’ve been working with passionate people and organizations across the globe to build that society—and to create a world where every person can read and write.
Growing Demand, Dwindling Resources
In the U.S. today, there are 36 million adults who can’t read better than the average 3rd grader.1 And without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, these Americans are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families.
36 million American
adults need literacy help.
Only 3 million of them
will be lucky enough to get it.
But while the number of people seeking help keeps growing, overall funding for literacy programs has dropped. The bottom line? Even when we combine all of our government and philanthropic funding, we only have enough resources to help 3 million people.
Low literacy hurts the economy by limiting demand for products and stunting job creation.
Americans who need basic literacy instruction also need financial literacy skills. They struggle with everyday budgeting and more complicated tasks like comprehending mortgage documents, which means they’re often the victims of predatory lenders and financial scams. Low literate individuals are also twice as likely to be out of work, contributing to the high rate of unemployment in the U.S. Although many are eager to compete in the 21st century job market, they simply lack the skills and training to do so.