Literacy is foundational.
When you can't read, you can't see your full potential.
Johnson County Adult Literacy Program (JCALP) was established in 1987 to serve residents of Johnson County, Missouri through free tutoring in reading and writing. Since that time, the program has grown to include tutoring in basic math skills, English Language Learner (ELL) support, financial and computer literacy instruction, and test preparation for the high school equivalency HiSET test and TOEFL entrance exams.
Our mission is to expand literacy through instruction, encouragement, and empowerment.
Our vision is to have a literate population of Johnson County, Missouri.
WHY IS ADULT LITERACY SO IMPORTANT?
The non-profit group ProLiteracy defines literacy as "the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member." The group reports that, in the United States, 14 percent of people over the age of 16 do not have the reading and comprehension skills required to fill out a job application.
Adult learning and literacy is important because low literacy affects individuals, families and society in a variety of adverse ways. It impacts health, crime rates, employment and future generations.
According to ProLiteracy, the ability to read and write is the foundation for all other learning. When adults lack basic literacy skills, which include reading, writing, problem solving abilities and the use of common technologies, they are unable to take part in society fully and they limit their employment, health and other options.
Illiteracy has an impact on health care, employment, crime, and children’s education.
We are a piece of the puzzle in our community that needs to be in its proper place in order for us to work together as a whole.