Literacy | Literacy Facts | Resources
than 20 percent of American adults one out of every five
read at or below the fifth-grade level which is far below
the level needed to earn a living wage. They cannot read to their
children, fill out a job application, or pass a written drivers
SIBL Project puts stories and faces to these statistics, and thus
humanizes the issue and brings focus to its challenges and solutions.
percent of people with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty;
17% receive food stamps, and 70% have no job or work only part-time.
Workers who lack a high school diploma earn a mean monthly income
of $452, compared to $1,829 for those with a bachelors degree.
Welfare recipients with low literacy skills stay on welfare the
literacy programs provide workers with the skills needed to get
or retain a job, advance in their careers, or increase productivity.
The SIBL Project is building strong alliances with agencies who
provide these programs to insure that our campaign bolsters their
outreach directly to those adults who need their assistance.