According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence and crime is welded to reading failure.” Economic security, access to healthcare and the ability to actively participate in civic life all depend on an individual’s ability to read. Ever wondered what you can do? Your contribution can be as simple as reading stories to young relatives, volunteering to read at your local school or donating your unwanted books to libraries and schools. Regardless what you do, helping a child or adult develop their own reading abilities is a relationship-building opportunity that can change their eternity.
of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level
Approximately 32 million adults in the United States are not able to read, 14 percent of the U.S. population
of adults in the United States read below a fifth-grade level and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read at all