Laubach Literacy International is started by Dr. Frank Laubach in Syracuse, NY. His motto is “each one, teach one.”
Literacy Volunteers of America is founded by Ruth J. Colvin in Syracuse, NY.
The Buffalo chapter of Literacy Volunteers is formed.
Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. merge to form ProLiteracy.
Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc. merges with Literacy Volunteers of Niagara County to become Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc.
LNYBN becomes Literacy Buffalo Niagara.
Our Mission & Vision
Our mission is to develop literacy skills by providing free tutoring in Erie and Niagara counties through engagement and training of diverse community volunteers.
Our vision is that all people in Erie and Niagara counties are literate.
2022-2023 Program Year Achievements
- We recruited and trained 50 new volunteers
- We served 160 adult students
- Staff supported 130 active volunteer tutors
- Volunteers provided over 5,000 hours of instruction and other volunteer services
On Racial Equity
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 starts with a word.”
Learn more about our organization and how you can do your part for literacy.
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