- More than 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level.
- In Washington State alone, 1 in 6 adults lack the basic skills needed to get a livable wage job.
- Low literacy costs the US $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
We could dwell on these numbers forever or do something about it.
Literacy Source provides free learner-centered basic education to low-income adults in the Seattle area.
They make it possible for adults to gain the basic literacy skills they need in order to succeed in school, to find a job, to achieve life goals, and to create a better, more hopeful future.
To talk about their work and how they’ve been helping nearly 700 adult learners in Washington a year, we recently invited Lynn Livesley, Executive Director of Literacy Source, Volunteer Leslie Handley, and Ines Carrillo, a student at Literacy Source.
Check our talk here...