ProLiteracy Reveals Secret about Adult Literacy

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ProLiteracy teams up with a national television series to shed light on the adult literacy issue.

Secret Lives of Americans will feature an episode on Cleo, an adult who struggles with low literacy. The adult literacy episode airs June 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Secret Lives of Americans will feature an episode on Cleo, an adult who struggles with low literacy. The adult literacy episode airs June 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

36 million adults in America struggle with literacy issues that push them into secrecy and isolation. That’s about 1 in 7 people with such low literacy skills that they can’t read a book to their child, or the instructions listed on a pill bottle.

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, announces that it has teamed up with Participant Media and Pivot TV to raise awareness of adult literacy in the United States.

The original television series “Secret Lives of Americans” is a groundbreaking documentary series that takes an unflinching look at the secrets we all keep, and the strength that it takes to reveal them to our friends and family. “Secret Lives of Americans” will be featuring an episode on adult literacy that tells the story of Cleo, a loving and supportive mother from Alabama who has always encouraged her children to pursue their educational goals—all while struggling to share her own literacy issues with her family. The show will further the conversation on how viewers are impacted by this issue in their own communities and provide ways to take action.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, says, “Low adult literacy is not just a secret for Cleo. It is a secret for millions of Americans across the country. Our research shows that 70 percent of the population claim that they don’t personally know an adult who cannot read, or who reads at or below a third grade level. But 36 million adults in America struggle with literacy issues that push them into secrecy and isolation. That’s about 1 in 7 people with such low literacy skills that they can’t read a book to their child, or the instructions listed on a pill bottle.”

Belisa Balaban, EVP, Original Programming, Pivot, says, “It is important to shine a light on the low literacy rate among adults in America. We are so pleased that Cleo shared her inspiring first-hand account with us. With the help of her friends, family, and tutors, she has been able to change her life for the better. We are proud to support Cleo in her journey to literacy and we hope others who share her story will be inspired to take the first steps towards literacy.”

The “Secret Lives of Americans” adult literacy episode airs on Friday, June 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Pivot, Participant Media’s television network. To find Pivot in your area visit http://www.pivot.tv. The show will also be available to view online at http://www.takepart.com/pivot/secret-lives-of-americans.

Working with ProLiteracy, Pivot will encourage viewers to volunteer with local literacy organizations and to advocate for improved literacy services nationwide. To join ProLiteracy in changing the conversation about adult learners, and for additional resources to promote literacy in your community, visit http://www.proliteracy.org/get-involved/take-the-pledge

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults can read. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit http://www.proliteracy.org.

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