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Causes: Adult Education, Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To empower Hawaii’s children and adults with essential reading, writing, and lifelong learning skills to strengthen themselves, families and communities.

Results: Last year, Hawaii Literacy helped over 2,700 increase literacy, learning, access to books and learn to use reading and writing to reach life goals like doing better in school, improving employment, or helping their own children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,756

Geographic areas served: O'ahu and Kaua'i, with a strong focus on public housing residents and service to low-income families.

Programs: Our Adult Literacy Program recruits and trains people to act as volunteer literacy tutors to adult students under the Laubach Literacy Method. The Family Literacy Program is located at two housing projects in Honolulu, and includes activities designed to simultaneously increase the literacy levels and love of learning of both children and their parents. The Bookmobile program brings books and literacy building activities to children at 12 high need sites on the Wai'anae Coast. The English Language Learner programs are targeted newly arrived immigrants include a drop in assistance service and ELL classes focusing on practical life-skills, spoken English, and understanding their new home.

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Rating: 5

Hawaii Literacy empowers people to better their lives and to better serve others through literacy. We believe that greater literacy builds stronger families and communities.

It's never too late for an adult to learn to read and write, and our dedicated volunteers have been successful in teaching adults to read and write. We believe that parents are their children’s first and best teachers, and that parent and family support can help any parent, regardless of literacy level, help their child succeed. Our programs also provide learning centers and opportunities to youth in underprivileged communities.

Key programs:
Adult Literacy - 1 on 1 tutoring;
Bookmobile - a classroom/library on wheels that serves the Leeward coast of Oahu;
Family Libraries - books, technology and literacy services in Oahu public housing communities;
English Language Learners - classroom literacy instruction in the English language with a focus on practical skills.

Hawaii Literacy is very efficient in leveraging the effort, time and talent of dedicated volunteers to deliver services to thousands every year.