Tutors ► THE NEED
According to ProLiteracy, 14% of, or 44 million, adults in the U.S. cannot read beyond a fifth-grade level. 43% of those with low literacy live in poverty and struggle to find work, remain healthy, and support their families.
Low literacy is expensive; it costs the U.S. $225 billion in workforce non-productivity and lost tax revenue due to unemployment and $230 billion in annual health care costs (patients with low literacy skills have a 50% increased risk of hospitalization).
There is a growing need to provide educational services to many new residents to help them fully contribute to the local economy and achieve self-sufficiency.
Often new residents cannot afford or access transportation or child care. They may work two or more jobs, which makes it daunting for them to pursue classroom education.
Learn more about the need for improved literacy by reading our 2014 Literacy Fact Sheet.