ProLiteracy Launches Global Literacy Hero Contest to Raise Awareness of Adult Literacy

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New contest recognizes adult education heroes worldwide.

The local literacy organizations are the heroes who make adult learners’ dreams come true.

In an effort to help the 36 million low-literate adults in the U.S., ProLiteracy, the leader in adult literacy content development, programs, and advocacy for more than 60 years, is pleased to announce the launch of the ProLiteracy Hero Contest. ProLiteracy launched the contest to raise awareness of the adult literacy crisis, and to recognize the adult education and literacy heroes worldwide!

A panel of ProLiteracy judges chose the top 10 national finalists from hundreds of stories and submissions that were sent in from around the world. The video and story submissions are posted to the ProLiteracy website and have been opened up to a public vote at Each week, the finalists will be narrowed down until the first-, second-, and third-place winners are selected on November 16.

“The local literacy organizations are the heroes who make adult learners’ dreams come true,” said Kevin Morgan, President and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Choosing the top ten finalists out of so many worthwhile organizations was very difficult. They all deserve to be recognized.”

The top ten adult literacy organization finalists are:

  • COFFEE in Louisville, Kentucky
  • The English as a Second Language (ESL) In-Home Program of Northern Nevada
  • IMANI HOUSE (IHI) in Brooklyn, NY, and in Liberia, West Africa.
  • LearningQuest – Stanislaus Literacy Centers in Modesto, California
  • Learn to Read in Jacksonville, Florida
  • MICA, INC, an adult literacy program in Africa
  • READ Muskegon in Muskegon, MI
  • Seeds of Literacy in Columbus, OH
  • Tarrant Literacy Coalition in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Vision Literacy in Santa Clara County, CA

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