XPRIZE Adult Literacy Communities Competition

In the United States, right now we are helping 10% of the people who need help in learning how to read and speak English. We at VALUEUSA strongly believe that this is an opportunity to help the rest of the 90%, so we need you to help share this information, verbally because non-readers get the majority of our information by word of mouth.

We ask you to pass this information on to other programs and more importantly with adults who need to learn. We are not looking for you to do reports, get information, or collect data on anybody. All we are asking for is for you to get these free learning apps into the hands of the individuals who needs these skills, so they can make life better for themselves and their families.

So, raise your voice and take action now, from April 1 to August 30, 2019. If you download these apps then, they will be free to use for one year. We are asking you to share it with the students in programs and anyone on the waiting list. Ask them to pass it on to anybody they think can benefit from these learning apps in any way. Nearly 36 million adults in the U.S. lack basic literacy, yet only approximately 10% access educational services. The goal of the $1 million Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition is to expand access to adult education technology tools. XPRIZE’s mission is to empower millions of adult learners to acquire the skills they need to advance their education, find better work, or simply read a bedtime story to their children.

VALUEUSA wants your help to get this brochure and these apps in the hands of non-readers, plus verbally tell them about it. And give them a chance to learn and acquire the skills that they have no other way of getting. VALUEUSA wishes you to give us a hand and share your voice with all that will listen; let them know about the apps and give them the codes to begin!

If you like our work, please support us through Amazon Smile, PayPal or through a donation.

For a tutorial on how to use these learning apps, check their guides below:
Learning Upgrade - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T8MztWcmX9FOHkUWjabGH3Wjctck5XLY/view
Cell-Ed - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nariE8NixT7X-Gvb59M5Wz9aqXyZAs5R/view
Amrita Learning - https://www.amrita.edu/research/project/amrita-learning-app
Codex - https://www.smu.edu/simmons/aboutus/xprize/ccpilot



Using personalized brochures and sharing with our literacy network in-person and digitally, we’ll reach learners on a national scale.

The first to benefit will be adult learners in waiting lists for tutors in their programs as well as those who are interested in more accessible learning resources and learners who would never want to go into a program or ask for help.


A brochure will have the information on the learning apps and how to get them. Our efforts lie in gathering learner excerpts and customizing them for each program so they can share it within their network.

As a program, all you need to do is provide us with these simple materials:

  • Learner photo and written acknowledgment from learner for public use

  • Learner name and excerpt on how the apps have helped them

  • Your literacy program logo

And that’s it! We’ll combine this information into a brochure which you can download and share in your network. You can click HERE and take a look at this example on how your brochure may look like.

Send us your brochure materials at office@valueusa.org with the subject line “Learning Apps Brochure” to get your customized brochure.



1st International Adult Literacy Learners and Tutors Conference Novemeber 2019

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In November 2019 the first International Adult Literacy Learner and Tutor Conference will be held in Kampala, Uganda. VALUEUSA wants U.S. adult learners to participate in this event as we believe it’s a great opportunity to share practices and create an international network of support in this one of a kind event.

In partnership with the Ugandan Literacy & Adult Learners’ Association (ULALA), UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Uganda National Commission for UNESCO (UNATOM), and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) VALUEUSA will be working to bring adult learner leaders to this event. For this purpose we have set up a fundraising page at GoFundMe to help fund the travel and participation cost for adult learners as well as administration costs for VALUEUSA to coordinate this event with the entities mentioned above.

VALUEUSA has been previously part of a Confintea VI international literacy event in Edinburgh, Scotland 2009 in partnership with Scotland's Learning and we think now is an opportune time to revisit the international scene.

To help get an adult learner to the November 2019 event, please head over to our GoFundMe page

Thank you for your support!



Project Period: 2017 - 2018
Status: Completed

Critiquing Adult Participation in Education (CAPE) Research

VALUEUSA and Research Allies for Lifelong Learning 

Sponsored by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, The CAPE research is a national research project designed to meet the needs for greater knowledge. According to PIAAC, millions of US adults need basic skills. Current adult education resources serve approximately 10% of these adults annually, leaving 30 million without participation. The deterrents and the solutions are pressing issues for policymakers and adult educators. The CAPE research will answer those questions by surveying adults in two states on their motivations to forego education and find solutions to boost participation.

Working with local organizations in a major city in your state and a small community nearby, CAPE plans to recruit diverse adults – in age, gender, ethnicity, disability, or employment status – to share their ideas in a one-time research visit. The target population will be age 18 or older, will have not completed high school or its equivalence in the USA, and will not currently be involved in adult or postsecondary education.

Reports by Margaret Patterson

Part 1  -  May 2018

Part 2  -  June 2018

Part 3  -  July 2018


Project Period: 2014 - 2016
Status: Completed

Adult Learner Leadership in Education Services (ALLIES) Research

VALUEUSA and Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

The purpose of the ALLIES national research project is to evaluate how adult learners can benefit a program as they pursue learning and leadership goals. VALUEUSA believes that adult learner leadership can improve services in an adult education (AE) program and boost adult learner outcomes. Adult learner leadership is defined as adult learner involvement in all components of the AE program. VALUEUSA leadership training, which will be used in this research, encourages learners to lead in design of instructional services, mentoring, and evaluation.

Reports by Margaret Patterson

Year 1  -  March 2016

Year 2  (Part 1 of 4)  -  September 2016

Year 2  (Part 2 of 4)  -  December 2016

Year 2  (Part 3 of 4)  -  January 2017

Year 2  (Part 4 of 4)  -  February 2017