Life Leadership has always been about making a difference, and when the founders of the company committed to the vision of setting people ‘functionally free,’ they didn’t waver in their promise to execute a game plan! Recently, the Life Leadership world headquarters in North Carolina recognized the need for improving literacy in the region and intentionally stepped in to fill it. In fact, prior to (CEO) Chris Brady’s announcement of the LIFE on Life Initiative, corporate office employees were already receiving training with the Triangle Literacy Council (TLC) in order to tutor adults and teach them to read. Currently, six employees are trained and eager to play a part in this vision.
“The Triangle Literacy Council embodies everything that is good in the fight to bring functional freedom to individuals in our community.” -Chris Brady
According to TLC, literacy skills are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with Level 5 reflecting the highest skills and Level 1, the lowest. Generally, those adults who score at Level 1 have difficulty performing such everyday tasks as locating an intersection on a street map, reading and comprehending a short newspaper article, or calculating total costs on an order form.
According to the Adult Literacy Estimates based on the 2014 U.S. Census, 17% of Wake County’s population is at “Level 1.” Based on a population in Wake County of 998,691 adults, 169,777 adults are at Level 1.
To say that illiteracy is ‘on the rise’ is an understatement; it’s actually becoming an epidemic and unfortunately there is little being done to raise awareness.
However, TLC and Life Leadership have chosen to be the exception. That is why Chris Brady and (COO) Rob Hallstrand have made it a priority to support programs that specifically tackle the issue of illiteracy.
“It is so easy to get caught up in our busy lives and not realize how big problems like illiteracy are. I’m so thankful for organizations like TLC that not only bring attention to the issue, but are actively helping people on the front lines. It is such a natural partnership, since one of LIFE Leadership’s primary objectives is to assist people in becoming functionally free and being able to read is one of the core skills needed.” -Rob Hallstrand
So, in addition to corporate office employees becoming TLC tutors, Chris Brady announced that the company would also be financially supporting TLC and other literacy organizations as part of its LIFE on Life Initiative. Chris and Rob scheduled a time to formally present one of the first of many checks to TLC on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 – totaling over $11,000!
“Life Leadership, as part of the LIFE on Life Initiative announced in June, is proud to make its first contribution to the Triangle Literacy Council. This check represents a portion of the funds being donated by the company for every Life Leadership subscription we process each month. Therefore, this is something that each Life Member can be proud of, knowing that every Life Leadership subscription they sell is making a difference in the fight against illiteracy.” –Chris Brady
“We are so excited to partner with Life Leadership on improving literacy throughout the Triangle! The financial support that Life Leadership is providing will have a major impact on our programs and services. Their generosity will allow us to increase the number of people that we serve and allow us to expand our programs throughout the region. One of our major focuses is on job skills and workforce development and we anticipate being able to hire a full time specialist to fulfill our goal of moving people successfully into the workplace so they may better support their families and contribute to society in a meaningful way. In addition, our Juvenile Literacy Center will add new instructors to focus on improving literacy and life skills for at risk youth and their families. Life Leadership staff are already participating in tutor training and will be volunteering to work one on one with our students. Thank you so much to Life Leadership and their staff for this wonderful opportunity. We look forward to continuing to make a positive change in our communities.” -Laura Walters (President and CEO of TLC)
There is something special about a company that works together to make a difference in the lives of people who struggle with the things that so many of us take for granted. Imagine millions of dollars being poured in monthly to programs that support and promote literacy around the world – that’s where we are headed, and we are just getting started! For that we want to thank you for also playing your part in this corporate LIFE on Life Initiative!
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