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Literacy Suffolk Needs Volunteers to Train as Tutors

Written by Gini Booth  |  15. March 2011

Literacy Suffolk Needs Volunteers to Train as Tutors 1 in 7 or 14% of Suffolk County Adults are at the lowest literacy level March 15, 2011 Bellport, New York . . . Literacy Suffolk trains volunteers from Suffolk County communities to provide one-on-one tutoring to adults in need of literacy skills. Literacy is economic, social and personal. Gini Booth, executive director said, "For some adults living in the county, it is, simply put, the difference between day and night in their ability to communicate effectively." Literacy Suffolk will present an "Intensive 15 Hour Tutor Training Workshop": Monday - Wednesday/April 11 -13 - 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM & Wednesday, May 4 - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System 627 North Sunrise Service Road in Bellport (Exit 55 off Rt. 27) Registration is required . . . For more information: Literacy Suffolk Administrative Office - 631.286.1649 www.LiteracySuffolk.org A few statistics:  22% of New Yorkers have below basic literacy skills  20% of adult Americans cannot read above a 5th grade level  75% of unemployed adults have reading difficulties  More than 60% of all state/federal corrections inmates can barely read and write  In the United States, an estimated 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child . . . Consider: "Without literacy skills - the abilities to read, write, to do math, to solve problems, and to access and use technology - today's adults will struggle to take part around them and fail to reach their potential as parents, community members and employees" - ProLiteracy -end-

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