- Census Bureau reporting indicates that approximately 20% of adults in the greater Richmond area have reading skills at or below a fifth grade level.
- 70% of people with the lowest literacy skills have no full or part-time job. - National Institute for Literacy
- 43% of people with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. -National Center for Educational Statistics
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How We Make a Difference
The READ Center is the leading adult literacy organization in Virginia, with a long-standing history of proven results. We offer high quality, adult literacy services that are free to students, including classroom training, one-on-one tutoring and other educational programs that focus on improving life skills.
There are adults in our community who lack basic literacy skills, including those who do not have a high school diploma or GED, adults who cannot read their medical directives or understand their monthly bills, parents who can’t read a book to their child, and people who want to work but can’t get a job because they don’t read well enough.
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