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BALIT represents 25 library-based adult literacy programs, from
Mendocino County to Santa Clara County. These programs serve approximately
26,500 adults who meet weekly to improve their literacy skills.
Adult Literacy Statistics
This web site contains literacy information for all California counties.
The figures represented are county level projections of data collected
in California as part of the National Adult Literacy Survey.
State Library makes available directly or through local public libraries
a variety of services to all Californians. These range from California
historical documents, to California legislation, to books in braille
and recorded formats, to English language literacy programs and
public access to the Internet.
Some words from the site: "Much
has been learned about literacy in the 50 years since the United
Nations declared it to be a basic human right along with the right
to adequate food, health care, and housing. One might think that
food, health care, and housing are more pressing needs than literacy
education, but literacy is now seen as a major tool to help address
these other needs..."
The world's oldest and largest literacy organization.
The literacy community's gateway to the world of adult education
and literacy resources on the Internet.
Our online partner is a comprehensive resource for information on
adult literacy programs and statistics.
Volunteers of America
Want to become a volunteer tutor? LVA is a national network of over
350 locally based programs, supported by state and national staff.
Professionally trained volunteer tutors teach Basic Literacy and
Online - National Center on Adult Literacy
by the International Literacy Institute (ILI) and the National Center
on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania, Literacy.org
is a comprehensive site featuring a search function for literacy
programs in your area, literacy statistics and electronic resources
and tools for the national and international literacy community.
National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions. (NAULC) was
formed with the assistance of the United Way of America in November
1995, at a national gathering of fifteen urban literacy coalitions.
They represent programs serving over 1.3 million adult learners.
Institute for Literacy
NIFL is an independent federal organization leading the national
effort toward a fully literate nation in the 21st century.
and State Literacy Contacts: NIFL
A comprehensive directory of national and state literacy contacts.
Set up by Public Broadcast Systems, this site works directly
with adult learners ready to improve their skills.
In San Francisco, it is estimated that 80,000 English speaking adults
(one in every five) have some difficulty with basic reading and
writing. Project Read maintains an active base of about 200 tutor-learner
pairs. Project Read offers free tutoring and ongoing support for
participants. They train and match volunteer tutors with English-speaking
adults who seek basic reading and writing skills.
One of five regional technology hubs funded by the National Institute