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Hawaii Literacy’s mission is to empower Hawaii’s children and adults with essential reading, writing, and lifelong learning skills to strengthen themselves, their families, and our communities. For over 50 years, we have worked tirelessly to address the equity gap in education, health, digital access, and economic opportunities through proven programs and demonstration models in underserved communities. We understand the urgent need to support individuals and families with low literacy levels, especially in communities disproportionately affected by illiteracy and poverty. Over 94% of those we serve are very low-income, with 67% living in public housing, and around 12% experiencing or having experienced homelessness. Ninety percent of those we assist are Pan-Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), with 63% identifying as Hawaiian or Part-Hawaiian. At Hawaii Literacy we believe that literacy is at the core of having the opportunity for a better life and that it is never too late for an adult to learn to read and write. We believe well-trained and dedicated volunteers can successfully teach adults to read and write. We believe that parents are their children's first and best teachers and that family support can help any parent, regardless of literacy level, help their child succeed. We believe that literacy builds stronger families and communities. We envision a Hawaii where equitable access to education, housing, employment, health access, digital access, prison reform, and more is possible through empowering our community with equitable access to literacy.
About the Organization:
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