Why Adult Literacy?

Literacy affects the day-to-day lives of all adults: in workplaces, supermarkets, doctor’s offices, when paying bills, and in social settings. In the combined population of Erie and Niagara Counties, 17.5% of adults (that’s 147,599 individuals) struggle due to lack of functional literacy, reading at or below Level 1*.

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.

*Source: PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies)

Learn more about the Challenges of Low Literacy here.

View the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Literacy Gap Map to see what adult literacy looks like in your county.

About LBN

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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