"Literacy is an active Phenomenon. It‘s power lies not in a perceived ability to read and write, but rather in an individual‘s capacity to put those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life.” ~ Paulo Friere
Read Muskegon was founded in 2005 and is the identified literacy council for Muskegon County. Our mission is to increase the quality of life in Muskegon County through improved literacy. Our vision is that all of our residents have access to high quality literacy instruction that enables them to reach their full potential and positively contribute to their community.
18% of adults in Muskegon County, or approximately 21,500 individuals, are estimated to be functionally illiterate. Adults who are functionally illiterate are more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, have critical health issues and a lower life expectancy, and are more likely to be incarcerated. In 2014, 61.76% of the learners being tutored by Read Muskegon volunteers read below the 4th grade level and 21% read below the 1st grade level.