Did you know that one in five Houston adults are functionally illiterate, reading and writing below a fourth-grade level? Community-based nonprofits across our city, including EastSide University Adult Education and Development Center, work hard year-round to help more adults receive the training and supports they need to transition to vocational programs, college and the workplace. For many of their students, they offer a second chance to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) or General Education Degree (GED) or to learn English, improve basic literacy and math competencies and develop digital literacy skills, including those featured in the photo who graduated this summer.
We are pleased to provide financial support to EastSide so that they may expand its training and testing services to help more adults in our community develop requisite skills and earn needed credentials to reach their personal and professional goals and better support themselves and their families.
“We are truly grateful for the financial support awarded to us by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation,” said Jackie Aguilera, President and CEO of EastSide University. “With this grant, together we are helping to re-build Houston through the power of literacy.”