Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded nearly $5.6 million in Adult Literacy Grants to help students develop and enhance their reading, math, writing and English-language skills.
“An estimated 2.1 million Illinois residents need adult literacy and/or English-language instruction, and I am pleased to provide $5,596,894 to these 107 local literacy programs that will assist adult students,” White said. “I will continue to do all I can to ensure that all citizens of this state have access to quality literacy programs giving them the skills that put them on the path to lifelong learning.”
More than 13,500 students will be served by adult literacy programs statewide. Nearly 6,000 volunteer tutors provide skills training for students. Adult literacy projects help Illinois adults who read below the ninth-grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their reading, writing, math or English as a second language.
The Adult Literacy Program is administered by the Secretary of State’s Illinois State Library Literacy Office and awards grants in three categories:
For more on these literacy grants, please see this week’s print edition.