WISH LIST: $100: books for a childcare center for 1 month; $500: facilities and trainer for 1 adult education workshop; $6000: 1 Literacy*AmeriCorps member to teach at a local program for 11 months
Some 19% of DC adults perform "below basic" in prose literacy, and though there are many programs available to help them, it's often hard to know where to turn. DC LEARNs points them in the right direction. Washington's only literacy coalition, it communicates with power the importance of literacy as an investment in the community. To insure that adults and children have the services they need, it maintains a database of all local literacy organizations and helps match individuals with the right one. Working directly with virtually every program in the city, DC LEARNs also operates a bilingual literacy hotline, educates policymakers on citywide literacy issues, and provides free teacher training to local nonprofits. The Adult Education Professional Development Center conducts over 20 workshops a year, attracting 300 teachers and tutors. Literacy*AmeriCorps engages individuals to serve as teachers in literacy programs, and Early Readers Now recruits early-education volunteers who serve over 150 children a year. Your generosity means DC LEARNs will continue to serve, unite, and energize the DC literacy field -- and help those in need.
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