Since 1989, Partners in Reading (PAR) has offered an array of programs designed to meet the needs of adults in the San José community most in need of literacy skills and training. These programs include adult one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, family literacy support for adult learners with children under 14, coaching for English Learners in dedicated computer labs, English as a Second Language conversation cafes, and advanced communications classes for non-native English speakers who test above 8th grade language proficiency.

The Need

Literacy has long been and continues to be one of the leading indicators for success, impacting nearly all aspects of a person’s life — from academics to socio-economic status, health, participation in government and civics, and more. Yet across the State of California, 25% of our 6 million K-12 students are unable to perform basic reading skills, and as students grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult to catch up to their peers. This lack of literacy is compounded in our city because 59% of adults in San José speak a language other than English at home. Many of these adults struggle to perform tasks most of us take for granted, like filling out an online job application, communicating with their child’s teacher, or emailing a doctor.

The Impact

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