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Columbus Literacy Council

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Becky Tumidolsky, MAPW

on 24 June 2014

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Transcript of Columbus Literacy Council

We help students
overcome barriers
to progress...
Since 1970,
Columbus Literacy Council has worked to increase the level of functional literacy of adults who read below an 8th grade level.
Africa,
43%
Among those with the lowest literacy rates,
113,000+

In the Columbus area,
Low literacy has far-reaching consequences.
It threatens the stability of individuals and families,
Our Challenge.
Our Mission.

13%
In Franklin County, Ohio,
$225 billion
Low literacy costs the U.S.
We serve a wide range of students from
Our Success.
live in poverty.
weakens civic engagement,
and limits career prospects.
of adults lack the basic
reading, writing, and math skills
necessary to function effectively in daily life and in the workforce.
speak a language other than English at home.
Nearly half of these individuals speak English less than "very well."
in lost workforce productivity and lost tax revenue due to unemployment, and
$230 billion
in additional health care costs.
...and aim
higher.
Asia,
North and South America,
Europe,
Middle East.
and the
They include members of Columbus' Somali immigrant community.
It is the nation's
second largest
Somali community, numbering more than
45,000.
We also serve
native-born Ohioans who have fallen behind in their education.
Some students come to us with advanced skills and academic degrees earned in their home countries,
but they lack the English proficiency they need to leverage their expertise.
Others simply seek to open doors to new opportunities...
find meaningful work,
make meaningful connections,
and build better lives for themselves and their families.
The Columbus Literacy Council is a volunteer-driven organization.
60
daily inquiries
56
classrooms
27
locations
476
volunteer instructors
1,362
students
With your support,
so more Columbus residents can improve their language skills and boost their potential for lifelong success.
the Council can continue expanding its programs and extending its reach...
Learn more:
http://www.columbusliteracy.org/site/c.6pLILXPuEaLWH/b.6220609/k.BEB9/Home.htm
Volunteer:
http://www.columbusliteracy.org/site/c.6pLILXPuEaLWH/b.6220671/k.E27B/Overview.htm
Support:
http://www.columbusliteracy.org/site/c.6pLILXPuEaLWH/b.6220673/k.2621/Why_Donate.htm
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