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Project Literacy GED tutoring

We provide free tutoring services by trained volunteers to adults in need of basic literacy education (reading and writing),
HSE (GED) math and ESL in the
Bergen County New Jersey area.

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"Literate parents raise literate families, ensuring a better future for all."

Project Literacy Exec Director Chris Stout receiving a grant from Valley National Bank VP Brenda Lapadat

Why Literacy?

Parents should be able to read to their children...

Workers can't fill out job applications if they're unable to read...

Immigrants get left behind because they can't speak English...

Illiteracy affects us all in terms of higher unemployment, poverty and crime.

How Illiteracy Affects You:

  • There is a clear correlation between adult illiteracy and crime. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report (2003), 75% of America’s state prison inmates, almost 59% of federal inmates, and 69% of jail inmates did not complete high school.
  • More than 65% of all state and federal corrections inmates can be classified as low literate.
  • Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $236 billion each year in the U.S.
  • Seventy-seven million Americans have only a 2-in-3 chance of correctly reading an over-the-counter drug label or understanding their child’s vaccination chart.
  • Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

Did you know that 1 in 4 American adults volunteers in their community? And together, American volunteers donate nearly 7.9 billion hours of service annually?

According to the Independent Sector, the latest national value of volunteer time is $24.14 per hour.

Using our current number of students and tutors along with our expenses for the last fiscal year, Project Literacy has calculated the value of our adult education volunteer work in the Greater Bergen County, New Jersey area is $269,257 for 11,154 hours of instruction.


Facts You May Not Have Known About Literacy

  • Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee and member of the community.
  • In the U.S., 63 million adults, 29% of the country’s adult population, over age 16 don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level.
  • An additional 30 million or 14% of the country’s adult population can only read at a fifth grade level or lower.
  • 43% of adults with the lowest literacy rates in the United States live in poverty.

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Tutor Training

Upcoming Classes:
Tutor Trainings will take place according to the following schedule:

Thursday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. A follow up class will be given on April 19, 2018. All classes are from 6:30pm-8:30pm

People interested in tutoring who have previous tutoring or teaching experience may be able to receive individual training soon after applying.

This is a combined training for prospective adult basic skills and English as a second language (ESL) tutors, introducing them to techniques and guidelines to help them work effectively with their students.

All trainings take place at Bergen Community College Ciarco Learning Center at 355 Main St. in Hackensack, NJ 07601.

We ask that you arrive 15 minutes earlier on the first evening in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Please bring a current resume with you and two references. There is a $20 materials fee for the book and training materials. Thank you for your efforts. For more information, please email Antonio Brugnoli.


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