4 surprising facts about literacy in Illinois

It’s understandable to think “literacy” simply means the ability to read. But knowing the alphabet doesn’t make you literate, and not understanding medical textbooks doesn’t make you illiterate. Literacy has different levels. At the higher levels, literacy involving understanding written information and applying it to our lives in meaningful ways. I always assumed that most…

Got a second? Fight illiteracy.

As much as our tutors accomplish, many more people in the area wish for a better life by improving their language skills. Literacy DuPage’s waiting list includes 300 more people who hope to be matched with a tutor. Overall, more than 100,000 people in DuPage County need help improving their English-language skills.

Literacy is power … everywhere

We are all linked to each other, with similar hopes and dreams for ourselves and our families—no matter where we live in the world. That was one of the many things I learned working on the website and social media for nine years at Rotary International, an organization with 1.2 million members worldwide, many of…

We are all about the spark.

This morning, I renamed our blog The Spark. Up to now, the tail end of our website’s navigation menu was ultra plain: “blog.” In the midst of brainstorming the stories and ideas we will share here, Antoinette, a member of our Marketing & Outreach committee, suggested we needed a more captivating label for the blog.…

Do you know Literacy DuPage?

Since 1972, Literacy DuPage has been helping adults improve their English skills so they can find jobs, support and advocate for their families, and become active members of the community. We connect English language learners with volunteer tutors who give them practical skills to navigate their world. In short: We train tutors. Tutors change lives.…