Literacy Volunteers of Camden County

 

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Frank's Story

Frank, a 29 year-old construction worker, couldn't read well enough to pass an on-the-job test. He was fired.

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Maria's Story

Maria, a young mother of three, doesn't have the reading skills to help her school-age child with homework or read a note from her child's teacher.

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Facts

  • In 2003, 17% of New Jersey’s population lacked basic prose literacy skills (8th grade reading level) compared to 14.7% nationally, according to the U S Dept of Education.
  • 40%-60% of students in New Jersey’s urban school districts drop out of school with a reading level below 9th grade.

  • One million New Jersey residents over age 25 do not hold a high school diploma.

  • In the City of Camden, 406 teens dropped out of school in the 2005-2006 academic year, among the highest of any school district in New Jersey. 

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Wouldn’t it be nice to put a smile on someone's face?  How much nicer would it be if all you had to do to make this come true was to go shopping for yourself? Here’s how:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com and log onto your existing Amazon account or create a new one.
  • Type in Literacy Now Inc.  Then select Literacy Now Inc. from the dropdown menu.  This selection will stay each time you shop and does not have to be selected again.
  • Whenever you want to buy something from Amazon, log onto smile.amazon.com, make your purchase and Literacy Now will receive a donation from Amazon based on your purchase.
  • Important: This will not affect your existing account settings, i.e. password, Prime membership, etc.
  • Try it.  Let us know how it goes.  Pass it on to your friends and relatives.

Literacy Now Inc. is the fundraising wing of Literacy Volunteers of Camden County.  Our volunteers offer free tutoring to local adults to improve their reading, math and/or conversational English skills. 


 

Costs

Young adults who lack reading and writing proficiency likely will be relegated to the ranks of unskilled workers in a world where literacy is an absolute precondition for success. The consequences for the individual and the costs to the nation are staggering in terms of lost wages and earnings over a lifetime.

Estimates for dropouts, who typically have low literacy skills, are on the order of about $335 billion per year. For those you gain entry into the workplace, private industry spends an estimated $3.1 billion annually to bolster the literacy skills of entry-level workers.