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5 REASONS TO DONATE $5 TO ADULT EDUCATION

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, we have 24 hours to work together to turn an ordinary Tuesday into something more.

Support adult education in Philadelphia and, in doing so, support our city and your neighbors. By making a tax-deductible donation to OAE, you are making adult education and digital literacy an integral part of the solution to advancing our city’s priorities.


WHY GIVE?

An investment in adult education is an investment in our city’s greatest asset– its citizens. It’s an investment guaranteed to appreciate over time.

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Job Growth Economic Development

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Increased School Attendance & Performance

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Improved Family Health

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Increased Public Safety

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Encourage Diversity & Reduce Barriers

JOB GROWTH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Individuals at the lowest literacy and numeracy levels have a higher rate of unemployment and earn lower wages than the national average. Low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.1

INCREASED SCHOOL ATTENDANCE & PERFORMANCE Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out.2 The more highly educated the parents, the greater the likelihood that their children will succeed in the K-12 school system, complete high school, go on to college, and achieve higher levels of literacy as an adult.3

IMPROVED FAMILY HEALTH An excess of $230 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy. Nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. Lack of understanding impedes adults’ abilities to make appropriate health decisions and increases the likelihood that they’ll incur higher health costs.4

INCREASED PUBLIC SAFETY There are 75% percent of state prison inmates not completing high school or being classified as low literate. 95% of those incarcerated are reintegrated into our communities. Research shows that inmates who are educated are 43% less likely to return to prison.5

ENCOURAGE DIVERSITY & REDUCE BARRIERS About 50% of the 2 million immigrants that come to the U.S. each year lack high school education and proficient English language skills. This severely limits their access to jobs, college, and citizenship and increases their vulnerability to living in poverty.6

WHO ARE YOU HELPING?

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HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

STUDENT SPONSORSHIP | Sponsor one adult learner to take a 6-week online basic education course with myPLACE℠ Online | $165

FUND A CLASS | Sponsor a class for 20 adult learners in a 6-week online basic education course with myPLACE℠ Online | $3,300

FUND AN OPPORTUNITY  | Sponsor the annual Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) Graduation | $500

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Sources
1 National Council for Adult Learning (NCAL)
2 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
3 McGraw-Hill Research Foundation Policy Paper: ROI of Adult Education
4 American Journal of Public Health
5 U.S. Department of Justice, Rand Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education
6 Center for Immigration Studies, National Commission on Adult Literacy

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