Give the Gift of Reading

by Literacy Partners

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As a subway reader, we know you recognize the joy of reading. Through our free classes, Literacy Partners shares that joy with families across NYC. We empower parents to create better futures for themselves and their families through literacy education. But we can't do it without you.


There is a hidden epidemic of illiteracy in New York.  Its victims are the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who cannot read and who often work dead-end jobs for poverty-level wages. They have medicine labels they can’t decipher and doctors orders they routinely misinterpret. They ask other people to read their mail. Needless to say, they are completely alienated from the joy of reading and have no inclination to tell their own story.

With your help, Literacy Partners will launch a new program to help these people to learn to read

Because of their varied life experiences, each student will require specialized instruction and unique support to flourish. The person who grew up with undiagnosed dyslexia has vastly different needs than someone suffering from brain injury or the person who was incarcerated at a very young age. But they all are deeply disconnected from positive educational experiences and typically do not consider themselves to be capable learners. We know different.

Absolute beginning readers have been living in the shadows, on the margins of this great city. Like other students at Literacy Partners, these adults want to learn and grow and are ambitious both for themselves and for their families —yet they are stymied. With your help, and with Literacy Partners, they will overcome these challenges and shame. They will become full of pride as step by step, after years of struggle, they learn to read.

You can be a part of their journey by donating today.


With this pilot program we plan to serve 10-15 students for a 9 week session - gifts of all sizes are welcome! A gift of: 

$10 - Buys 1 book for our students.

$25 - Buys a set of 3 books!

$50 - Provides learning materials for a student for a year.

$100 - Purchases a set of City Stories - an early to read textbook - for our class. 

$250 - Trains 10 tutors to do one-on-one tutoring with our students.

$500 - Trains 20 tutors to do one-on-one tutoring with our students!

$1000 - Provides learning materials for an entire class for the entire school year.

Please, consider making a gift today. 100% of your donation goes to benefit students. Our overhead costs are covered by another source of funds. 

Visit literacypartners.org or scroll down and click the Get Involved button.

Thank you for your support!

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