Research has proven that there is a direct link between a community’s literacy levels and its crime rate and that point was driven home today by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.
Finley served as keynote speaker at a gathering Tuesday recognizing the contributions of volunteer tutors in the VITA program, or Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults, which is Acadiana’s adult literacy program.
Finley told the group that thirty six million Americans are below the literacy rate, that’s one in four Louisianans, and being unable to read and write means being unable to fully function as a community member.
“When you see literacy rates go up in a community, you see the crime rate go down, that’s what the statistics prove, but it’s so important for all Americans to be able to function at one hundred percent in our society, and the work they do here at VITA is vitally important to us at the U. S. Attorney’s office, but also as community members ” said Finley.
Finley thanked the volunteer tutors for their hours of dedicated service to the organization, and praised the students for their courage and determination to better their reading skills.
If you’d like to become part of the vita program as a student or volunteer tutor, you can contact them at 234-4600.