Our Mission

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.


Reading with your Family bring results!

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.

Its A shame!

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.


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