Who You Involve
Involve allies to carry your message to legislators in advocating for adult education and literacy. The resources below provide examples of strategies that programs, regions, and states use to build allies. You will also see some examples of other sectors and fields advocating for adult education and literacy.
Why Adult Education Matters to Allies—Examples:
- Community college presidents: Adult education helps send GED graduates to their schools.
- Public health leaders: Adult education helps with the 46% of adults who have difficulty reading and following medical instructions.
- Business leaders: Adult education helps workers improve their skills to support the technology coming into the workplace.
Adult Learners as Advocates
Legislators want to hear from adult learners and other community stakeholders about how adult education and literacy impacts them. See the Teachers and Tutors section for activities specifically to involve adult learners in advocating for adult education and literacy. See the Adult Learner section for resources adult learners can use to get involved.
Building Allies presents examples of business-adult education alliances from three states. These different examples demonstrate ways businesses can partner with programs to advocate for adult education and literacy.
Coming to Our Senses: Education and the American Future
Coming to Our Senses is an example of higher education advocating for adult education and literacy. Higher education is looking to adult education as a pipeline to their programs and services and this College Commission Report calls for $1 billion in funding for adult education. The adult education discussion is on page 19 and a number of references to adult education can be found in the recommendations section beginning on page 21.
Return on Investment of Workplace Literacy Programs
Return on Investment of Workplace Literacy Programs is a handout from the Atlanta Dollar General/National Coalition for Literacy series on Partnerships and Advocacy. It provides examples of what various stakeholders gain from workplace literacy programs and includes a sample Building Business Allies Checklist.
Washington State’s “Adult Literacy Week”
In Washington State, the governor established an annual “Adult Literacy Week.”
This web site offers ways to engage the community, business leaders, and policymakers in raising the priority of adult literacy around one message: Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Lives. The web site offers a collection of tools and other information about how adult literacy plays a key role in economic vitality for individuals, communities and the state. You will find copies of flyers and campaign materials for raising the priority of adult literacy with the public, including resources and tip sheets on: