The Need for Adult Education in DC is Critical
Although DC boasts one of the highest percentage of residents with advanced degrees,
· 1 in 3 DC adults cannot read a newspaper, a map, or complete a job application.
· Adults with no high school diploma or low-literacy suffer higher rates of poverty.
· Children of low-literacy adults are 5 times more likely to drop out of school.
Our Work: The First Step in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Academy of Hope creates lasting impact in our community by offering tailored educational services for adults who, due to low-literacy and insufficient basic skills, are not able to find or retain living-wage employment and are often trapped in a cycle of poverty. We believe education is transformative and the first crucial step in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Our Impact: Equipping Adults for Jobs and for Life
- Increased incomes: 50% of graduates earn over $30,000/year (compared to 10% prior to entering Academy of Hope).
- Further education: 60% of our graduates continue to post-secondary education or vocational training.
- Better equipped parents: 53% of learners with children report being more engaged in their children’s education.
- Improved housing & civic engagement: Many have improved their housing situation, including purchasing their own home, while others report being more involved in the community.
- Fostering respect for all: AoH is committed to ensuring a secure learning environment for all learners. Read more about our bullying prevention policy here.
Read our 990’s (2014, 2013, 2012), outcomes and annual report.