On October 1, 2002, two of the largest adult volunteer literacy organizations (Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc.) merged to become ProLiteracy Worldwide.
ProLiteracy Worldwide is represented in 45 developing countries as well as in the U.S. and serves more than 350,000 adult new learners around the world each year. Its purpose is to sponsor educational programs and services to empower adults and their families by assisting them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation of their societies. Its publishing division, New Readers Press, produces and distributes approximately 500 titles of adult educational books and materials to literacy organizations, schools, libraries, and other institutions nationwide. New Readers Press also publishes News for You, a weekly newspaper for adult new readers, which is read by 90,000 adult learners.
Laubach Literacy International was founded in 1955 by world literacy pioneer Dr. Frank C. Laubach and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. was founded by Ruth Colvin in Syracuse, New York, in 1962.
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