Organization Background Of Literacy Connections Essay

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ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND Literacy Connections is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1975 as Literacy Volunteers of America-Dutchess County, Inc. We later changed our name to Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, Inc. Literacy Connections (LC) is dedicated to developing and offering programs and services to support a literate society. We recruit and train volunteers to provide no-cost student-centered tutoring primarily for adults, and we offer programs and services for children and families that promote independence and enrichment through literacy. Literacy Connections serves adult students with the lowest literacy level and immigrants lacking the language skills needed to get a job, help their school-age children and navigate society. Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported to provide one-on-one or small group tutoring to adult students. Recognizing that illiteracy is a family issue, our Book Buddies and Classroom Book Buddies programs recruits volunteers to read one-to-one once a week with a child who is struggling with reading in the 2-4 grades. Our goal is to prevent adult illiteracy by helping children achieve grade-level or better reading skills at the critical time when children are transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn. Approximately 36 million adults in America are considered to be illiterate; about 14% of the entire adult population cannot read or is limited to reading at the basic or below basic proficiency levels.
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