April 16, 2019News » Cuyahoga & Summit Counties’ Non-Profits Enter the $1 Million Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition

The Literacy Cooperative – a convener, strategic coordinator, and watchdog agency for literacy advancement – today announced it is leading a team of local organizations and has officially entered into the $1 million Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition, a national competition that will challenge organizations, communities and individuals to recruit adults with low literacy skills to download and use effective, convenient and private learning apps. Team LitFitNEO with partners in Cuyahoga and Summit counties, is among 46 competitors that will help propel adult education into the 21st century and beyond, and directly impact the lives of millions of people across the U.S. The team is spreading the message to all adults to download and use the apps to advance literacy and to give our community the chance to win the competition and bring much needed resources to advance adult literacy services.

Laureen Atkins, VP of Strategic Initiatives for The Literacy Cooperative leads the team.  “There are more than 500,000 residents in Cuyahoga and Summit counties that read below an eighth grade level,” Laureen explained. “Our two largest cities, Cleveland and Akron have poverty levels of 35.2% and 24.1% respectively. For these adults, advancing their literacy advances opportunities.” 

The LitFitNEO team is strong and dynamic, with wide-reaching influence that will be coordinated and consistent across the region. The target population already engages and trusts our team member organizations. Instead of creating something new, LitFitNEO is enhancing existing services and networks with the introduction of the apps and offering support with the placement of Community Connectors.

To learn more about LitFitNEO and its team, please read the attached press release and visit www.literacycooperative.org/LitFitNEO.