The Issue: Functionally Illiterate Adults in Cleveland
Sixty-five percent of Cleveland residents aged 16 and older are considered functionally illiterate, with literacy levels below the required minimum of Level 3, according to a study by Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. This means these adults read below a sixth-grade level, which could make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as read a bus schedule, perform quick math calculations, and understand prescriptions.
The Campaign: Help Adult Students Earn GEDs
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Seeds of Literacy can purchase 50 TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) tests and enroll 50 new adult students in its tutoring program to help them earn their GEDs. Each additional $10 donation will be used to enroll another individual and purchase another TABE test. As part of the program, each student receives free, one-on-one tutoring services as they work toward earning their GEDs.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Seeds of Literacy
Seeds of Literacy empowers adults to succeed in their communities through personal education and free GED preparation. Students work one-on-one with tutors who assist them with all subjects of the GED exam, which includes reading, writing, math, social studies, and science sections. New students of varying academic levels are accepted each week, and the program currently serves more than 1,000 students each year, with more than 250 volunteer tutors.