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The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983.  The Commission was charged to work on behalf of over 80 literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adults in the city functioning below basic adult education levels to qualify for family-sustaining jobs and post-secondary training and education.

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National Mentoring Month: The Importance of Mentors in Adult Education

27 January 2016

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” -Phil Collins Oftentimes mentoring is perceived as a one-way benefit, where the …


National Mentoring Month: Invest Your Time by Helping Adults Achieve Educational and Career Success

19 January 2016

Did you know that over 80% of job-seekers who were tested for literacy in Philadelphia’s workforce development system are not ready to study …


The Phone Call, by Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown

5 January 2016

Haniyyah is the Assistant Director of Communications at The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy.  Today I received a phone call from a woman who wanted …

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Gary Rose, Paying It Forward

New Yorker by birth, but a Philadelphian at heart, Gary Rose wears a few hats.  A retired lawyer, he also ran his father’s business in New York for 25 years, designing wholesale costume jewelry for department stores.  Exhausted from commuting between New York and Philadelphia, Gary dec...

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