Writings by Literacy Plus Learners

September 1, 2017

I walked around and found the library.  When I got into it, it made me understand that you have to do what you have to do to make yourself better.  They helped me to get better and now I have two jobs.

Never stop reading because it will help you with everything.  N...

August 18, 2017

I am Joan Melvin.

When I was 29 years old, I decided to come to the United States.  My sister Silvia and my friend Eliezar helped me to pay for my trip to come here.

My friend Eliezar is from Guatemala and he was my classmate in the institute “INTECAP” and my co-worker,...

August 11, 2017

In 1958, I was born in Gongzhong which is in the south of China.  In 2012, I came by myself to Hayward.  In 2001, my parents moved to Oakland.  My brothers and sisters live in Fremont.  I bought a house in Hayward because I like Hayward.  I like going to school to lear...

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On these pages are the stories of life…real life…what it is really like for those who are struggling with reading and writing in our society today. These are their stories, in their own words. These stories come from their hearts and minds based on their personal experiences.


For many, each day brings with it the fear of someone finding out that they can’t read. This fear leads to questions like: Will I lose my job if they find out? Will they think I’m stupid? Will I ever get my Driver’s License? Will I ever be able to read enough to vote? You don’t ask yourself these questions because you were fortunate enough to be taught how to read and write at an early age. In fact, you’ve been reading and writing for so long that you take it for granted! You are indeed fortunate.

Take a few moments now and read the stories of those who weren’t as fortunate as you. Learn how they think, and feel, and how they found the courage to change their lives; and in so doing, you may also find that you are so inspired by these individuals’ stories that you, too, will want to become a Literacy Plus Program volunteer. We did.

The Literacy Plus Council.