According to research conducted by National Institute for Literacy, illiteracy accounts for:

  • increased school drop out rates
  • juvenile offenses
  • gang affiliations
  • drug use
  • crime

Illiteracy among students often results in the lack of skills and credentials necessary to function successfully in today’s increasingly complex society and technological workplace.

What literacy means for both the individual and society:

  • builds the foundation for personal development
  • allows people to become members of a self-confident and informed populace
  • brings opportunities for job placement & financial security
  • promotes self reliance
  • it impacts personal and family health
  • it promotes civic engagement

Literacy has the potential to empower, enrich and enlighten people who are powerless. These are among the more priceless payoffs of literacy.