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The READ Center offers classes and one-to-one tutoring for adults challenged by low-literacy.

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The READ Center

Reading and Education for Adult Development

The READ Center’s mission is to help adults with low-level literacy develop basic reading, communication, math and digital skills so they can fulfill their roles as citizens, workers, and family members. This mission is accomplished by providing classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and educational resources to support students.

Reach One. Teach One.

You have the power to make a difference in the life of someone in your community by becoming an adult literacy tutor. The READ Center needs volunteers who are willing to tutor students in reading, writing, and basic math. As a volunteer tutor, you’ll receive training, have the support of READ Center staff and can attend professional development classes. You’ll join a welcoming community of volunteers and teachers willing to share their knowledge and passion for making a difference.

Our Impact on RVA

Serving Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield

Low literacy is intrinsically linked to poor health, low educational attainment, joblessness, poor housing and poverty. 1 in 6 adults in Richmond City lacks the literacy skills to read a bus schedule, fill out a job application or help their children with homework. In Henrico County, it’s about 1 in 11 adults and Chesterfield 1 in 12.

When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives. The figures below are for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Students rate READ as good for learning

Students Served

Student Goals Achieved

Why Adult Literacy?

  • 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.
  • 75% of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate.
  • $232 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low literacy.
  • Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. They are also more likely to repeat school years or drop out.

More than 72,000 in metro Richmond lack basic literacy skills.

The READ Center believes one adult who can’t read well is one too many.

NEWS & EVENTS

Highlights from The READ Center Blog

The READ Center Helps Adults Map a Path to Literacy

Last week, READ Center teacher Janet led a discussion about the famous Captain John Smith. After reading Smith’s biography in an easy-to-read information...

The Opioid Epidemic

If you missed the Richmond Time Dispatch's editorial last week on the opioid epidemic, it is a call to action to deal with...

America Has A Major Financial Literacy Problem – even for those who read well

Did you know? 2/3 of American adults can’t pass a basic financial literacy test. 44% of Americans don’t have enough cash to...

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A community-based nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities to adults with low-level reading and communication skills.