Welcome to The Literacy Connection located in Janesville, Wisconsin. We serve adults in northern Rock County who want to learn how to read, write, speak and understand English. We help learners reach their personal literacy goals to achieve their full potential at work, at home and in the community. Instruction is provided one-on-one with trained volunteer tutors. The cost of low literacy is very high to an individual but threatens all of society. Low literacy leads to:
- Low earning potential or high unemployment and welfare dependency. Jobs that require only minimal skills in the US are the first to be lost overseas. Future jobs will require more education.
- Crime. 70% of prisoners are at the lowest 2 levels of reading.
- Low literacy in children. The single most significant predictor of a child’s success in school is their mother’s literacy level.
- Poor Health Status. The strongest predictor of an individuals’ health status is not age, race, income level, educational level, or employment status. The strongest predictor is an individual’s literacy skills. Additional health expenditures due to low literacy skills are $106-$236 billion annually, enough to fund 47 million uninsured with health insurance.
The Literacy Connection, formerly known as The Janesville Literacy Council, is a non-profit volunteer agency that has been improving lives through literacy since 1971.