NORTH VANCOUVER – The provincial government is granting $29,600 to the Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program to provide residents of North Vancouver with the literacy skills they need to participate in B.C.’s growing economy.

The program is a collaboration between North Shore Neighbourhood House and Capilano University, with funding coming from a $2.4-million investment the B.C. government is making in community adult literacy programs throughout the province in 2015-16.

Funding is distributed to non-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local places such as schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres. The program is tailored to suit the needs of any adult with low-literacy ability, and is delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small-group classes.

Community organizations collaborate with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and/or employment training.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in community adult literacy programs, helping approximately 100,000 adults improve their reading, writing and math skills.

For more information about community adult literacy programs, visit: http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/literacy/welcome.htm.

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