Southwest Valley Literacy


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400 S. Old Litchfield Road
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

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Affiliate of Proliteracy Worldwide

In August of 2002, Laubach Literacy and Literacy Volunteers of America merged to become ProLiteracy Worldwide.

After the merger, they had 1,450 affiliates and in the U.S. served 250,000 adult learners. Internationally, they sponsor 82 projects in 45 developing nations. They are housed in the former Laubach headquarters in Syracuse, New York.
They have spent the last year reorganizing and trying to fulfill the vision of both organizations to shape their future in a compatible way. There are advantages to the merger for our local group. Perhaps the greatest is that we have an opportunity to reach them through an extensive website www.proliteracy.org. As an affiliate member, you can access information. When you complete workshop, you will become an official member for six months. to join after that, the cost is $30. yearly.

According to Robert Wedgeworth, President of ProLiteracy Worldwide, a 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education found more than 90 million adults in the two lowest levels of literacy. These people are struggling with everyday tasks we take for granted.

Such as:
* Reading a Newspaper
* Following Written Instructions
* Totaling a Bank Deposit Slip
* Buying Food

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The mission of ProLiteracy Worldwide is: To sponsor educational programs and services whose purpose is to empower adults and their families by assisting them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation of their societies.
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SOUTHWEST VALLEY LITERACY is an affiliate of ProLiteracy, along with more than 12 other Arizona programs. To access names of any state programs, go to find a program through http://www.proliteracy.org.

ProLiteracy also has been enabled by the Verizon company to set up an online university with FREE online courses for registered volunteers. There are many small workshops online through http://www.verizoncampus.org. You can also learn about literacy volunteering at this site. We hope you will be able to spend some time learning more about the worldwide literacy problems and how some of them are being solved by volunteers such as you.






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