For people living below the poverty line, the ability to read can change everything.
When kids can’t read we all lose.
85% of juveniles who cycle through the juvenile court system cannot read. What's more, they are exponentially more likely to commit crimes as adults.
Illiteracy costs businesses and tax payers more than $225 billion a year and adds more than $230 billion to America's healthcare costs annually.
Illiterate kids grow into illiterate adults – and 43% live in poverty if they are at the low end of the proficiency scale. (Only 4% of literate adults live in poverty.)
32 million adults in the U.S. are illiterate, living more challenging lives than they likely would if they could read. Our kids still have a chance. Help us fight.