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Community Reading Project Adult Literacy Presentation

An overview of the state of adult literacy in Muncie and Delaware County

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Community Reading Project Adult Literacy Presentation

  1. 1. Addressing Adult Literacy In Muncie + Delaware County Marissa Rose, The Community Reading Project
  2. 2. We have a problem.
  3. 3. Four County dead-zone Area Population: Delaware: 116,852 Blackford: 12,298 Jay: 21,121 Randolph: 25,172 Total: 175,443 Source:
  4. 4. 17,544 - 24,562 ● Population within dead-zone reading at lowest levels ● Nearly half are in Delaware County
  5. 5. Census data: % high school graduate or higher Source: Census Explorer (
  6. 6. 72% Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. Source:
  7. 7. More Statistics 70% Percentage of prison inmates who read at the lowest literacy levels. 232 billion Health care costs linked to low literacy. 225 billion Non-productivity costs (corrections, unemployment, etc.) linked to low literacy Source:
  8. 8. The Community Reading Project Mission Improve the quality of life for adults in Delaware County by improving their reading skills. Vision That every adult in Delaware County will become empowered, engaged, and will experience better outcomes in their interactions with the world as a result of reading fluently.
  9. 9. Program Goals - Year 1 1. Research existing program availability (needs assessment) 2. Develop 3 Reading Info Desks at heavy-traffic locations within designated, high-need areas (census tract data) 3. Develop strategy for long-term funding 4. Train 6-12 volunteer tutors to facilitate Reading Info Desks and perform one-on-one tutoring 5. Develop a library of adult literacy and instructional resources, reading material, and supplemental teaching materials for program participants and instructions 6. Develop and revise (as needed) the processes of intake and data collection
  10. 10. Measuring Success 1. For one-on-one tutoring, difference in pre- and post-test 2. For Reading Info Desks, percentage that say they “mostly” or “completely” achieved their reading goals during session 3. Number of referrals made to other community resources, especially education resources 4. Number of volunteers trained 5. Engagement with materials (Reader Library, YouTube, etc)
  11. 11. Collaboration is key
  12. 12. What’s needed Volunteers--tutors and otherwise Funding Awareness
  13. 13. Questions & Contact Marissa Rose 765-734-7519