The Mission: To provide literacy services, including reading, writing, math, life and work skills, to help learners achieve personal and employment goals.
The Need: In Philadelphia, 400,000 adults read below a 5th grade level; 8,200 youth drop out of schools each year, and 10% of the population are immigrants. High school graduates earn an average of $260,000 more, and have an average life expectancy nine years longer, than non-graduates.
The Grant: A $50,000 General Operating Support grant from the Lloyd H. Bacon, Richard C. Bechtel, Shirley & Morrison C. Boyd, Elsie Y. Cross, William L. Day, William P. Gest, H. J. Grinsfelder, and Grace Hamill funds is helping the Center for Literacy serve over 4,200 students a year.
How It's Making a Difference: Valerie spent eight years in jail and is determined... More >>