I love research - yeah - I was one of those students who really got into term papers. I love statistics and supporting evidence. It isn't just enough for me to tell you what a great job LIFT is doing teaching adults to read for free - our stats speak for themselves. So, let's look at LIFT stats for the time period of March 1, 2008 - February 28, 2009.
Number of Adult Learners Served: 8,527
Number of classes: 7,715
Class Hours (includes computer lab) 118,741
66% learners were female, 34% were male with an average age of 37. 59% were Hispanic, 28% African American, 3% Caucasian, 8% Asian and 2% Other.
67% of the Adult Literacy learners completed their course. 82% of the learners in Adult Literacy classes who completed their course improved at least one grade level. 99% of the Adult Literacy learners who completed their course improved on at least half of their goals.
63% of the English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) learners completed their course. 87% of these learners who completed the course improved at least one competency level. 99% of these learners who completed the course improved on at least half of their goals.
GED Direct, LIFT's on line distance learning GED prep course (which incidentally is the only one of its kind in the nation) has 334 students who have logged 1,000 hours of study time.
LIFT Family Literacy Workshops reached 2,124 families.
Since June 1, 2008 our volunteers have given us 19,283 volunteer hours which translates to a monetary value of $376,191.82.
I think the numbers speak for themselves, don't you?