Literacy means more than learning to read for teens in New York’s juvenile detention facilities. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens supports literacy programs that transform incarcerated teens’ lives.
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Low literacy skills, poverty, and school dropout rates are common denominators for incarcerated teens. Gaining literacy skills create lifelong activities—improved self-esteem topping the list. Begin there and there’s hope for everything else to happen.
As a teacher, sometime librarian and present day counselor in a jail’s school program, I work with teenagers, ages 16 to 21, many of them only recently discovering that they like to read. Our jail school offers them a little rolling library on wheels with a limited selection of ragtag paperback donations, comic books, and book orders that we hope will make it into next year’s budget. Even with this limited collection, I know that I keep them busy and interested in reading. The public library can offer them so much more when they are released.