"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 adult literacy council for Muskegon County. 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. We train and support a dedicated pool of volunteers to provide individualized tutoring.
18% of adults in Muskegon County, or approximately 31,000 individuals, are estimated to be functionally illiterate. Adults who are functionally illiterate are more likely to be unemployed, to live in poverty, to have critical health issues and a lower life expectancy, and are more likely to be incarcerated. In May of 2013, 47.5% of the leaners being tutored by Read Muskegon volunteers read below the 4th grade level and 20% read below the 1st grade level.