Illiteracy isn't just about teaching others to read, it deeply impacts other societal factors, including increases in teen pregnancy, high school dropouts, crime, and even poverty.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, studies estimate there are 32 million adults in America who cannot read. And between 40 and 44 million adults in the U.S. are limited to reading at the basic or below proficiency levels.
Nearly 20% of high school graduates cannot read above basic reading proficiency, yet receive their diplomas.
The Foundation is committed to increasing youth and adult literacy by working with schools, universities, libraries, community foundations, and others to ensure access to books, tutors, and audible resources.
The growing number of students graduating high school may be equipped with academic instruction, but most are ill-prepared to become productive adults because they lack simple financial literacy, consumer education, and much needed life skills.
Many adults are living paycheck-to-paycheck with mounting debt because they lack knowledge about getting out of debt, budgeting, saving, and investing.
Our programs help youth end the cycle of generational illiteracy by mentoring students and helping adults learn how to be a responsible steward of their resources.
The rise of single parenthood and fatherless homes has proven to be detrimental to today's youth. Promoting parental involvement and family activities, providing tools and resources, and partnering with schools, churches, youth groups, and community programs, the Foundation helps foster opportunities that increase family involvement, create youth mentors, and decrease juvenile delinquency.
This includes partnering with other organizations to identify volunteer opportunities for youth and families to serve their communities. We know from experience that when families serve together, not only are they building stronger family values, they are making an impact on others.
Most people are unaware that while the United States is considered the wealthiest nation in the world, we rank low in education.
Studies show a number of contributing factors negatively impact student achievement, including lack of parental involvement, overcrowded schools with little individualized attention, archaic teaching methods, lack of funding and updated technological resources, poor or insufficient professional development training for teachers, among others.
The Foundation helps schools identify issues, find solutions, and take action to lead the charge in advancing academic achievement, reducing drop-outs, and providing higher quality education for all students.