Poverty and literacy are closely connected. A low literacy level leads to a lack of education and poor paying jobs, perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty.
According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, adults functioning at low literacy levels are more likely to be receiving social assistance and often lack the skills and means necessary to gain access to forms of help.
Increasing the level of literacy in both adults and children can lead families to financial stability, increased self-confidence and economic opportunity. Children with high literacy levels are more likely to graduate and continue their education, opening doors for a more sustainable and self-sufficient future.
The Salvation Army is helping to break the cycle of poverty. Through mentoring, English classes for newcomers to Canada and after-school programs, the Army is helping vulnerable individuals develop the skills necessary for a brighter future.