Someone you know likely struggles to read. According to UNESCO, despite a steady rise in the literacy rate over the past 50 years, there are still 773 million adults around the world who cannot read. The majority are women.
While that number can easily be overwhelming, it is essential to know that there are solutions to reducing this number. It is why Reading to New Heights was founded–to chip away at that number and empower those on the journey to reading proficiency.
And while monetary donations support our efforts of hiring certified instructors, paying for curriculum, and ensuring we achieve our mission, there are other ways to give back. Here are a few tips if you’re looking for ways to reduce illiteracy rates and get involved.
- Share our social media
You never know who in your social circle is struggling with literacy, and perhaps sharing a post could be the sign that someone needs to start their journey of improving their reading skills. Follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook, and share a post as a sign of solidarity and support.
- Become a volunteer
Our volunteers make our mission possible. You can support by offering your time, skills, and expertise with as little as four hours a week. We would love to have you join us! If you have an active teaching certificate from any state, click here for more information.
- Be a listening ear
Reading hardships are often a hidden struggle. If someone confides in you about their struggles or desire to improve their reading skills, take the time to listen and support them. Share our resources and let them know that they are not alone.
For an inspirational clip of how Reading to New Heights co-founder Deidra Mayberry confided in her friend about her struggles, watch this clip from the Kelly Clarkson Show.
Remember that literacy is one of the greatest gifts, and you have the tools to share it.