Literacy 4 All
Literacy 4 All is a focus that C.L.E.V.E.R. strives to push out to the entire community. Reading and comprehension is essential in today's world. So many, whether due to lack of education, support, or even fear of asking for assistance, go through life with minimal reading skills. In the United States, the average reading level for adults is an 8th grade reading level.
Within the United States, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), 21 percent of adults in the United States (about 43 million) fall into the illiterate/functionally illiterate category. 35 percent of these adults are white, though only 18 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino, this group takes up 34 percent of the illiterate/functionally illiterate persons, and at just 13.4% of the total population, African Americans take up 23 percent of the illiterate/functionally illiterate portion. There is a constant connection between minority impoverished communities and the level of literacy.
The programs our organization have and will be creating focus on many different areas of literacy. We are creating and constructing programs that will reach those specific sectors of our marginalized community. However, C.L.E.V.E.R. also sponsors and works through projects that regardless of your race, gender, orientation, or ability, promotes educational support in the realm of reading and writing.
C.L.E.V.E.R. truly believes that reading ability is a fundamental right and requirement for all people. To create a more equitable future for our communities, we must push to help those who need it the most. Without literacy, marginalized communities will continue to struggle in the fight for fair and equal treatment from education to career paths and beyond.