1600 South Avenue, Suite 100

Rochester, NY 14620

Literacy Rochester

Literacy Rochester improves the reading, English language, math, and digital literacy skills of adults. Our trained volunteers support the participants in achieving their personal goals to fully participate in the community as citizens, parents, consumers, and workers. Literacy Rochester has been providing services to the community, at no cost to adult students, since 1964 and has been incorporated since 1971. During the 2020-2021 program year, despite COVID19 restrictions on in-person meetings, Literacy Rochester has: * Provided students over 5,160 hours of service from dedicated LR volunteers. (Valued by the Independent Sector at over $166,335). * Enabled those students to have thousands of achievements, such as the ability to read a bus schedule, counting and using coins and currency, obtaining a driver's license, applying for a job, and becoming a United States citizen. Our trained tutors work with students who read at or below a ninth grade level, specializing in those who read at a fourth grade level and below (a cohort that is not supported elsewhere in the community). We employ New York State approved testing to evaluate student skills and achievements. LR provides students with the skills that they need, which will allow them to move forward with their personal literacy goals. LR is enabling adults to be a literate presence in their families, so that children will get positive at-home reinforcement and encouragement as they seek to become proficient readers and English speakers. LR has a math literacy program to address the critical need to expand the definition of literacy to include numeracy and computation skills. With large numbers of Rochester-area citizens facing challenges with this skill and math identified as the portion of the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam failed most frequently, LR's application of its one-to-one and small group learning models to math, fosters literacy in a contemporary and vital context. The primary goal of the Digital Literacy program is to provide low literate adults with immediate assistance in understanding and completing critical forms, applications and documents as well as navigating complex systems such as health care, employment, social services and housing. Family Literacy is a program that brings together small groups of parents and caregivers with their children. Literacy Rochester provides adults "tools for teaching" while providing basic literacy skills for young children. The goal of this program is to help break the cycle of low literacy while providing children the skills they need to learn.

We focus on: Education, Human Services

Where we are: Monroe, Ontario, Wayne

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