One in six adults in the United States is functionally illiterate, reading at or below the 4th grade level. In Muskegon County, that translates to more than 21,000 adults. The adverse effects of illiteracy are felt in our economic, education, criminal justice, and healthcare systems. Read Muskegon is breaking the generational cycle of illiteracy by providing customized programs that meet the unique needs of our learners and building community partnerships to maximize our impact.

How is Read Muskegon Addressing Adult Illiteracy?

  • Standardized Tutor Training: We led the way in the creation of a comprehensive, research based training for literacy tutors now being used in many West Michigan counties.
  • 1-1 Tutors: We train and manage a pool of highly trained tutors and provide them with individualized support, allowing us to give each learner personalized instruction.
  • Literacy Labs: We are developing a drop-in literacy support service that will be placed in facilities throughout our community. Currently we will server students at adult education facilities and parents at public schools and Head Start centers.
  • Family Literacy: We are partnering with several local agencies to provide early-literacy training and literacy support to parents with young children.
  • Linking Literacy to Life Skills
    • EXIT Class: This class works with incarcerated men, usually fathers. Classes teach family literacy, workplace literacy, and functional literacy (lease agreements, applications, credit cards, etc.).
    • West MI Works! Class: This class works with parents currently enrolled in the PATH program at MI Works. Classes teach family literacy, workplace literacy, and functional literacy (lease agreements, applications, credit cards, etc.).
    • Muskegon County Jail Classes: These classes (one for men and one for women) focus on the same content as our EXIT and West MI Works! classes.
  • Community Partnerships: We continue to develop partnerships that create stronger links between the mission of Read Muskegon and those of other community organizations and agencies. Partners include the Lakeshore Literacy Coalition, West MI Works!, Pathways MI, Great Start to Quality, Community enCompass and the Community Coordinating Council.