To provide free tutoring to adults in reading, writing and speaking English to strengthen our community, families, and the workforce.
The Need for Literacy
Adults need to be able to read and write in order to:
- Get good jobs — of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43% live in poverty.
- Stay healthy — half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information.
- Be active in their communities.
- Avoid human rights abuse.
- Avoid crime – 75% of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate.
- Raise children who have strong literacy skills. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.
Literacy is assessed on a scale from 1 – 5. Most jobs today require literacy skills at a 7th grade reading level or above (Levels 3-5). 46 % of New Mexicans are at level 2 literacy or below.
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe is committed to bringing our students all the way to level 5 for reading and writing.
- New Mexico Department of Health, “Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health”, 25 Oct 2012
- The National Institute for Literacy, “The State of Literacy in America: Estimates at the Local, State, and National Levels”
- Proliteracy, “Adult Literacy Facts”