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Columbus Literacy Council
Becky Tumidolsky, MAPWon 24 June 2014
Transcript of Columbus Literacy Council
Columbus Literacy Council has worked to increase the level of functional literacy of adults who read below an 8th grade level.
Among those with the lowest literacy rates,
In the Columbus area,
Low literacy has far-reaching consequences.
It threatens the stability of individuals and families,
In Franklin County, Ohio,
Low literacy costs the U.S.
We serve a wide range of students from
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
in additional health care costs.
North and South America,
They include members of Columbus' Somali immigrant community.
It is the nation's
Somali community, numbering more than
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.
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...