Literacy Facts & Resources

2012-2013 Program Year Achievements

  • Recruited, trained and utilized 90  NEW volunteers.
  • Served over 300 adult students
  • Worked with 280 active adult tutors
  • Pre and post tested 185 students; 65% showed literacy gains!
  • Volunteers provided over 12,000 hours of tutoring and other volunteer work.

Out of the active students in 2012-2013…

  • 16 obtained or improved their job
  • 22 retained their current job
  • 185 gained employability skills
  • 22 entered other education or training
  • 31 increased involvement in their children’s education
  • 7 registered to vote or voted for the first time
  • 7 obtained US citizenship
  • 3 obtained a drivers license

*numbers reflect student achievements as reported by tutors



Fast Facts on Illiteracy

  • 1 in 5 residents of Erie County is functionally illiterate.
  • 1 in 3 residents of the City of Buffalo is functionally illiterate.
  • On a national level, for every $1 spent by Literacy Volunteers to tutor adults, $33 in economic benefit is returned to the overall economy. (Economic Impact Analysis conducted by AT Kearney, 1999)
  • Parents who can’t read are likely to have children who can’t read well.
  • 61% of low-income homes have no books in them.
  • Between 41-44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. (Based on federal poverty guidelines)
  • New York State funding for adult literacy has been frozen at the same level since 1988.
  • 60% of prison inmates are illiterate.
  • 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
  • 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.
  • Welfare recipients with the lowest educational skills stay on welfare the longest.
  • For the first time ever, nearly one-fifth of America’s children speak a language other than English at home.


Tutor Resources New York state agency Worldwide -Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center Education Network training courses, tutoring materials, activity ideas.

http://www.coabe.orgCoalition for Adult Basic Education

http://ldanatl.orgLearning Disabilities Association

http://ldaonlineLearning Disabilities

http://ncld.orgNational Center for Learning Disabilities Center for the Study of Adult Learning & Literacy - International Dyslexia Association Information & Communication Center for tutoring adults, tips for first-time volunteers, provides activity ideas, suggest reading lists.


English Language Learning – BBC learning strategies lesson plans online resources

http://www.stickyball.netResources for ELL tutors – grammar, phonics, dialogues, idioms, writing, etc. ELL activities, games, etc. lessons ESL to adults’s ESL Café writing samples things for ESL Students for ELL students Plans on dictation activities dictation activities starters starters starters starters Development Portal for ESL Teachers - Center for Applied Linguistics – Developing Oral Proficiency for the Best Plus test Pronunciation - Great Grammar Adventures


Reading & Writing - Reading Components Instruction & Phonics volunteer tutoring agency’s tutoring manual, full of ideas - Essential Strategies for the Struggling Reader activities for low level readers games to teach vocabulary Teacher – worksheets quizzes Strategies Strategies Based Principles For Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction What Reading is All About Research in Reading Instructions for Adults – Susan McShane Reading First Summary of Scientifically-Based Research Principles – Teaching Adults to Read First Newspaper in Education – fantastic guide to activities that will support the 4 reading components in your students