Why Adult Literacy?

Literacy affects the day to day of all adults: in workplaces, supermarkets, doctor’s offices, when paying bills, and in social settings. We estimate over 90,000 people* in Erie and Niagara counties that struggle due to lack of functional literacy.

We want to see our community thrive. We are dedicated to helping adults reach functional literacy so they can reach their goals and break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and poverty.

Learn more about the Literacy Challenge here.

*1 in 5 residents of Erie County is functionally illiterate. (Source: National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 1992 and National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) 2003)

Literacy Buffalo Niagara supports the advancement of civil rights and the struggle for racial and social equity. We stand in solidarity with all people of color and are committed to combating racism in all its forms.

Literacy is strongly impacted by socioeconomic factors such as income, educational opportunities in one’s formative years, single-parent household status and non-literate parents and guardians, making literacy a generational battle for many. Literacy Buffalo Niagara students are extremely diverse including black, brown and refugee communities, and we are devoted to helping them gain the literacy skills they need to fully succeed. At Literacy Buffalo Niagara we recognize that “change begins with a word.”

About LNYBN

We are the only provider of one-on-one tutoring for adults in Erie and Niagara counties. Adults looking to read better or learn English are welcome to reach out to us. Our vision is that all people in Erie and Niagara counties are literate.

Our mission is to develop literacy skills by providing free tutoring in Erie and Niagara counties through engagement and training of diverse community volunteers.

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