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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 in 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 an be classified as low literate.
  • $232 billion a year in heath care costs is linked to low literacy.
  • Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72% change 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

How Literacy Rates Have Improved Since 1776

Today, 1 in 6 adults — approximately 35 million Americans — possess reading skills below the level of a fourth-grader. Studies show...

My Life Struggles with Reading by Joanna Ford

  I am a middle-aged woman who struggled with reading and writing for a long time.  Although I am a high school graduate,...

It’s the family that makes the difference

This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The goal of the week is to raise public awareness about the...

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