IMPACT

Adult Literacy Empowers

Literacy likely affects every part of your life, though you may not notice. For the 43 million adults in the U.S. with low literacy skills, it’s impossible to ignore.

Adults with less than a high school diploma earn three times less than those with higher education. Adult literacy yields better economic outcomes and can improve job opportunities, family relationships, children’s education, health issues, and general quality of life.

At First Literacy, we are committed to helping adults in Massachusetts improve their literacy skills so they can succeed in every aspect of their lives. That means helping adult learners continue their education and championing the incredible teachers that are on the front lines of the fight for adult literacy. With help from you and thousands of others, our impact is significant and life changing.

Our Impact 2020-2021

7890

ADULT LEARNERS

benefited from First Literacy programs

1055

ADULT LEARNERS

participated in First Literacy Grant projects

43

CITIES

in Massachusetts were reached via 81 adult education programs

204

EDUCATORS

attended First Literacy workshops

816

HOURS

of free training helped adult educators in their classrooms

30

ADULT LEARNERS

received First Literacy scholarships to start or continue college

YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

When you support First Literacy, you don’t just support the incredible students and teachers that are impacted by our work. It is estimated that bringing all adults to a sixth grade reading level would generate $2.2 trillion for the U.S. economy.

Adults with low literacy want to better their lives and contribute to the economy. Your donation can help make that possible.

FIRST LITERACY GRANTS

Since the introduction of the First Literacy Grants initiative in 2014, we have supported the development of innovative literacy programs across Massachusetts with unique hands-on technical support and field-wide sharing of project results.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

First Literacy professional development workshops provide teachers with free quality training in Adult Basic Education (ABE) best practices and evidence-based techniques to ensure that adult learners receive the high-quality education they need to reach their full potential.

FIRST LITERACY SCHOLARSHIPS

Since 1990, we have awarded over 500 scholarships to recent graduates of Massachusetts Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English (ESOL) language programs who are continuing to vocational training or higher education.

SCHOLAR STORIES

Kherrina

Kherrina

Kherrina is from Kingston, Jamaica – a city known for it’s vibrant night life and severe economic hardship. Her childhood was not easy....

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Mark

Mark

When Mark suddenly lost his father in July of 2020, his life was turned upside down. He grew up watching his father work hard every day,...

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Diana

Diana

Diana is from the Dominican Republic where much of the country lives in poverty. She is the first in her family to move to the United...

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Brima

Brima

Brima is from Sierra Leone, West Africa – a country that has experienced an 11-year civil war, an Ebola virus epidemic, mudslides,...

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Yves

Yves

Yves came to the United States from Haiti in 2015. After witnessing the disastrous 2010 earthquake she realized she wanted to be a nurse...

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Lilian

Lilian

Lilian came to the United States with her husband and two children to get away from violence that disrupted her family in Brazil. Her...

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Damus

Damus

Damus came to Boston eight years ago when the United States welcomed victims of Haiti’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2010. She stayed with...

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Yane

Yane

Yane faced many challenges when she arrived in the United States in 2019. She needed to balance a full-time job, care for her young son,...

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