IMPROVING ADULT LITERACY IN METRO DETROIT

and promoting the idea that Reading Works! – in the home and in the workplace.

Reading Works has recruited ten community-based literacy agencies as Impact Partners in a collective effort to improve adult literacy by sharing best practices, increasing coordination and developing relationships with workforce programs and employers.

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IN THE COMMUNITY

Our Impact Partners are helping adults improve their basic literacy skills so they may be actively involved in their children’s education, operate safely in our health care system and improve community well-being. We seek partnerships with additional community-based organizations to bring literacy learning further into our communities. Our Impact Partners can train volunteers and provide appropriate learning materials as we encourage more adults to improve their literacy.

INTO THE WORKFORCE

Adults taking the courageous step to improve their literacy and foundational skills want to improve economic well-being for themselves and their families. Reading Works is partnering with the workforce system and our Impact Partners to ensure a pipeline from the earliest stage of learning to employment. This includes career assessment, earning while learning opportunities, pre-apprenticeship pathways, work-readiness skill development, work-study programs, mentoring and the reduction of barriers.

UP THE ECONOMIC LADDER

Many adults are in jobs where they struggle to keep up with assigned tasks, hold their current job, or advance to more stable employment because they have literacy deficiencies. Our Impact Partners provide one-on-one tutoring for these adults, contextualized to their job, and we seek partnerships with employers to do on site, or after hours learning to improve basic skills, obtain industry certificates, or high school completion.

Reading Works’ Strategic Plan to advance adult literacy in our region and improve social and economic well-being focuses on three pillars:

Awareness – Create awareness of the issue with business, community and government leaders in effort to drive action to expand literacy and basic education programs, create pathways into the workforce at all levels and improve community well-being.

Public Policy – Serve as a voice for our Impact Partners with elected officials, community leaders, and business leaders to ensure that public policy, government programs, training and employment programs reflect the years of experience of our teachers and the needs of our adult learners.

Acceleration – Support innovative programs across the region for increasing participants, encouraging retention and completion, reducing barriers, enhancing work readiness and increasing collaboration with workforce programs.

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