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Every resident of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck should have the opportunity to be an informed citizen, a supportive and involved parent, a viable employee, and a life long learner. Pro-Literacy Detroit makes this possible through the recruitment, training, innovative, goal-driven tutoring programs.
Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.
With an unemployment rate surging toward 12 percent, Detroit is now facing another staggering calamity: Nearly half the adults in Motown are “functionally illiterate,” according to a new report, which means an estimated 200,000 residents are struggling every day to read, speak and write.
And, sadly, most of these Detroit residents in turmoil are black.
"We have a crisis," Margaret Williamson, with Pro-Literacy Detroit, Michigan’s largest literacy organization, told reporters. "People can graduate, have a high school diploma and not be able to read it."
According to the study by the National Institute for Literacy, about 47 percent of the adults who are considered functionally illiterate have actually received high school degrees.
In addition, the report finds, one in three workers in Michigan lack the skills or credentials to pursue additional education beyond high school.
Every resident of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck should have the opportunity to be an informed citizen, a supportive and involved parent, a viable employee, and a lifelonglearner. Pro-Literacy Detroit makes this possible through the recruitment, training, innovative, goal-driven tutoring programs.
Dear Friend of Pro-Literacy Detroit,
For the past 25 years, Pro-Literacy Detroit has been working to strengthen the minds and lives of the Detroit community by providing free literacy services for persons age 16 and older who struggle with reading. Pro-Literacy Detroit is the largest literacy organization in the State of Michigan, offering:
• one-on-one tutoring
• small group tutoring
• volunteer tutor training and certification
• a reading and literacy resource center
• after school programming
• English as a second language tutoring
• virtual pro-literacy university on-line
During this time Pro-Literacy Detroit has tutored over 12,000 adult learners, and trained over 8000 tutors.
With a 47% illiteracy rate and a double digit unemployment rate in the City of Detroit, it is more important than ever for Pro-Literacy Detroit to continue its mission of recruitment, training, and support of community volunteers who provide basic literacy skills through innovative, goal-driven programs.
During this holiday season, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible $100 contribution to Pro-Literacy Detroit. However, any amount will be appreciated and will be fully utilized. Donations can be mailed to 2111, Woodward Avenue, Suite 410, Detroit 48201. You can donate on-line at our web site www.proliteracydetroit.org .
We hope that we can count on you to join us in supporting Pro-Literacy Detroit’s programs.
Happy Holidays to you and your family,
Nancy Balog, President Margaret Williamson, Executive Director