Low Literacy is a Critical Issue in North Texas
Adults at the lowest levels of literacy are in the greatest need of our attention. Illiterate adults do not have the full range of economic, employment, social and personal choices which are available to people with higher levels of literacy.
In a recent poll, 90% of Fortune 100 executives expressed concern that low literacy is hurting their productivity and profitability. More than 60% of non-managerial jobs in Dallas require a high school diploma. Children of parents who are unemployed and have not completed high school are five times more likely to drop out than are children of employed parents.
- Because we need a productive and growing workforce
- Because we want our families to thrive
- Because we want lower health care costs and more efficient health care
- Because we want to reduce poverty and get people off of welfare
No one literacy organization will reach all 49% of low literate adults in the greater Dallas area. Not all want to be helped. But there are at least 8,000 individuals this year who will find it in themselves to overcome their embarrassment at not being able to read, and will call LIFT, or get a friend of relative to call.
Standards for Student acceptance and promotion at LIFT:
A prospective student must:
1. Make his/her own appointment.
2. Be able to communicate independently.
3. Be able to verbalize achievab le goals.
4. Be able to participate in class for at least two or three hours twice weekly without
5. Be able to understand and agree to sign
and follow LIFT guildlines.
6. Be willing to dress appropriately (not wear clothing that is either revealing or
provocative). Whether or not a student is
dressed appropriately or is properly groomed
shall be left to the discretion of the Learning