Why literacy?

For people living below the poverty line, the ability to read can change everything.

 

When kids can’t read we all lose.

 
 
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CRIME

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.

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ECONOMY

Illiteracy costs businesses and tax payers more than $225 billion a year and adds more than $230 billion to America's healthcare costs annually. 

 
 
 
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POVERTY

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.)

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DIGNITY

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.  

 
 

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