Youth Literacy Council - One Literate World

One Literate World, a Youth Literacy Council, is created to promote literacy by raising awareness and providing resources for children to learn how to read.

Why We Are Needed

Literacy may not be something that you think about often, but it is crucial to dealing with everyday situations.

Did you know:


  1.  66% of fourth graders who cannot read on level will end up in jail or on welfare. More than 70% of inmates read below a fourth grade level.
  2. 25% of children in America grow up illiterate.
  3. As of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less educated than the previous one.
  4. Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate.
  5. 3% of 4th graders admitted to reading recreationally “almost every day,” while only 20% of 8th graders could say the same.
  6. Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
  7. Just under 20% of high school grads haven’t developed basic reading proficiency by the time they don their cap and gown.
  8. Reading to kids early on can help to boost literacy rates over the long term. An estimated 77% of children who are read to are more likely to read or attempt to read on their own, versus 57% of kids who don’t have regular story time at home.
  9. If solid reading skills aren’t formed during a child’s early years, the odds of dropping out down the road increase significantly. Kids who aren’t successfully reading at grade level by the third grade are four times less likely to finish high school.
  10. Poor reading skills may also increase the chances of becoming a teen mom. In one study, 21% of girls with below average reading skills had a child in their early teens, compared to 5% of girls who rated above average.
  11. School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues


  1. 75% of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90% of high school dropouts are on welfare
  2. Reports show that the rate of low literacy in the United States directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year.
  3. In a study of literacy among 20 ‘high income’ countries; US ranked 12t
  4. Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children
  5. 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level
  6. 45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level
  7. 44% of the American adults do not read a book in a year
  8. 6 out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year
  9. 3 out of 4 people on welfare can’t read
  10. Between 46 and 51% of American adults have an income well below the poverty level because of their inability to read
  11. Illiteracy costs American taxpayers an estimated $20 billion each year
  12. On a global scale, illiteracy affects 774 million adults aged 15 or older. Among developed nations, the U.S. ranks 16th for adult reading skills.
    Being able to read is important to maintaining good health, particularly if you have a serious illness or condition that requires medication or ongoing treatment. When patients lack basic reading skills, it can impact the health care system to the tune of $100 billion annually.

Here at OneLiterateWorld, we are dedicated to raising the literacy rate and providing adequate reading materials and resources for people of all ages.


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