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Fast facts: The year in review

Aug 5, 2021 : Articles

Literacy Pittsburgh closed out its 2020-21 program year on June 30th. The year was marked by both unprecedented challenges and remarkable perseverance. Our students, volunteers, donors, and staff rose to the occasion.

  • 38% of students achieved employment outcomes, despite a global recession
  • 74% increase in the number of students who transitioned to postsecondary education or job training, as compared to last year
  • 17% of students received career services support (up from 10% the previous year)
  • 100% of students increased their digital literacy skills
  • 32% of donors increased their gift to Literacy Pittsburgh

We thank our donors for helping students pursue their goals. We appreciate our volunteers for adapting to new ways of teaching. We admire our students for their tenacity.

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped some 5,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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