Mission: Literacy New York, a statewide network of community-based volunteer services, exists because there is a need to foster and strengthen literate communities throughout New York State."
Results: In 2012, the LNY network served more than 6,200 learners through the services of over 6,500 volunteer tutors in 55 counties across New York State.
During our decades of service, we have touched the lives of tens of thousands of adults seeking to improve their literacy skills.
Target demographics: LNY was founded with a vision and mission to serve adults and families most in need of literacy services. Our long-term commitment to serve the “hardest to reach and hardest to teach” literacy learners is reinforced by the ability to translate our mission into effective practice. LNY targets and serves a diverse cross-section of learners at the lowest National Reporting System (NRS) literacy levels. Many of these adults face multiple learning barriers, including a lack of English language proficiency and a range of learning disabilities. LNY’s individualized tutorial programs accommodate learners through flexible instruction that is research-based and provides real-life contextualized learning. To ensure that our services are coordinated and complimentary and to extend our technical capacity, we access appropriate outside resources and partner with a range of national, state, and community organizations.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6,000 basic literacy and English language learners; over 6,000 volunteers.
Geographic areas served: The LNY network serves 55 NY State counties from Buffalo to Long Island and the North County to the Southern Tier.
Programs: Literacy New York (LNY) and its accredited network of 35 local, community-based affiliates provide high quality, individualized one-to-one and small group tutoring to low reading level literacy and English language learners. .
For nearly 40 years, the LNY state office has provided volunteer-based literacy organizations the tools they need to develop management, governance, and instructional capacity. LNY’s goal is to ensure that programs implement sound volunteer and financial management practices, and provide quality instruction that will offer learners, tutors, and instructors the greatest chance for success.
I have worked with Literacy New York and its affiliates for over 10 years, both as a volunteer and as a staff member. As a whole they are dedicated professionals, committed to helping people improve their lives, and those of their families.
The ability to read and write well is one of the most important skills a person can possess. It can help them get better employment, understand dosing instructions on medications and understand financial and legal documents they need to fill out.
Nothing is more satisfying than working with a learner. The moment they grasp a concept they have been struggling with, feels like a victory for both of you.
I applaud the effort and dedication of our local Literacy Volunteers Office here in Malone. I know of clients who receive help from Literacy Volunteers and it is remarkable to see the client's progress. The staff is friendly and I refer/recommend people for their services.
Professional with expertise in this field
I worked for a number of years in the New York State Education Department supervising the work of literacy programs in New York State. So I got to be very familiar with the work of Literacy New York, and its commitment to providing the highest quality programs and services to those adults most in need of literacy supports. And not only did Literacy New York serve adults that could not succeed in regular literacy classes, but did it in a very cost-effective way through the work of its network of trained volunteer tutors. This is a stellar nonprofit program that fully deserves five stars!
The NY State umbrella organization is a passionate advocate about literacy. The pragmatic approach to teaching adults to read is constantly being refined and measured. The need for funding the volunteer affiliates is championed by LNY thus increasing the effectiveness of the work undertaken by the local organizations.
Literacy New York is a state-wide organization that is dedicated to building literate communities throughout New York State. They achieve this by providing capacity-building and technical assistance to a network of local volunteer-based literacy organizations. LNY is comprised of a strong, dedicated staff and a committed board of directors.
Literacy New York tackles an issue that few other groups are willing and able to take on. Adult education is very frequently a forgotten need in our communities, and without the network created and managed by LNY, thousands of individuals would have no opportunity to learn skills that are critical to success in life and the workplace. LNY fills a critical gap and I am proud to support them.
Professional with expertise in this field
Literacy New York does a great job providing technical support, training and funding to our non-profit literacy affiliate. Whenever we have a question, the staff at Literacy NY is quick to respond. We are one of the few states in the U.S. with a statewide literacy organization such as Literacy NY.