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Talk Back Tuesdays: Mental Health and Literacy

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According to the National Adult Literacy Survey two-thirds of students who cannot read effectively by the time they graduate 4th grade, dramatically increasing their chances of going to jail, as over 70 percent of American inmates cannot read above a 4th grade reading level.  A shocking one in every four children in America grow up without learning how to read.  

The Social Science and Medical Journal reports low literacy has been correlated with poverty, unemployment and incarceration in prison and other institutions.It’s been associated with negative health outcomes for conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and more frequent hospitalizations for medical concerns. Each of these issues disproportionately impact community mental health service users.But literacy goes beyond reading and math skills.

In light of the Floyd Mayweather illiteracy claims and his ability to flaunt money in response is a sign that we are sending the wrong messages to our kids. Instead of endorsing throwing a ball, picking up a microphone, or twerking how about reading. 

Please join us on Tuesday as special guest Dr Benjamin joins us to discuss the imploring decline of a generation unable to read, unable to speak, and unable to progress in the world. 

Dr. Benjamin is the highest paid administrator in the district of Harrisburg PA, who said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. She's the person who is sought after for speaking with peers on reading initiatives to enhance the reading abilities of community children. She operates and owns a reading center to teach Black children how to read. Her experience as both an educator and community leader has really opened her eyes to the injustice happening in America today.She's the person who is called to speak with peers on reading initiatives to enhance the reading abilities of black children. 

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