Read to Learn: Adult Literacy Volunteer Program

Thirty years of literacy grants have had an effect on thousands of low-literate individuals, but the need continues. The most recent census information collected by the American Community Survey indicates that of the 12.6 million Illinois residents, an estimated 2.1 million (16.6 percent) need adult literacy and/or English language instruction. The survey also shows that 2.7 million (22.5 percent) residents over age 5 speak a language other than English. Of those, 1.1 million (40.7 percent) report that they speak English less than very well. These numbers only reflect some of the Illinois residents who could benefit from English language instruction. The survey further finds that of the 8.5 million Illinois residents over age 25, about 471,000 (5.5 percent) have less than a ninth-grade education. Additionally, 590,000 (6.9 percent) residents have between a ninth- and 12th-grade education. Combined the numbers indicate that over 1 million (12.4 percent) residents over 25 years of age do not have a high school diploma. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.)


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The District 214 Community Education Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer program offers free literacy tutoring to eligible adult learners at 11 sites in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Each semester, trained volunteer tutors implement individualized lessons plans to English speaking adult students in a one-to-one instructional setting.  

Non-native speakers of English will be given an oral interview to assess their level of verbal proficiency. 9th-12th G.L.E. instruction is not provided.

For more information, contact the Read to Learn office at (847) 718-7724, fill out the Contact Us page, or find us on Facebook.

This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. Approximately 31% of the FY18 RTL program is covered by federal funds in the amount of $46,885.00.