One-Third of Adults in This Major American City Struggle to Read and Write

Here’s how the mayor is trying to fix that. #projectliteracy

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Of America’s largest metropolitan areas, the City of Brotherly Love ranks near the top in a less than ideal way, claiming one of the highest rates of functional illiteracy in the country. An estimated half a million adult residents—or nearly one-third of the population—operate below basic education levels. And with 27 percent of the city’s population living in poverty, an astonishing number of individuals lack the basic skills necessary to advance out of their circumstances, whether within post-secondary programs or into gainful employment.

That’s where the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy enters the equation. Though originally assembled in 1983, the Commission was refocused in 2011 by the city’s current mayor, Michael Nutter—around the time the Philadelphia Inquirer called out illiteracy as the scourge of Philadelphia. Today, the Commission leads the nation when it comes to using technology for large-scale adult work-readiness, while working closely with other adult literacy and education initiatives across the city to combat the issues that stem from low literacy.

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We Dared You to Change the World. 37 Million of You Took Us Up on It.

Even one small act of good is a step forward. Thanks for going above and beyond. #100StartsWith1

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 100 days since we first teamed up with Sambazon to launch #100StartsWith. Over the course of the project, we invited some of our favorite creative change-makers to dream up tiny actions anybody could take to brighten up our days, our lives, and our communities. Then we challenged you to take action—and 37 million of you followed through.

So last week, on the project’s final day, we raised a glass to you and all the change you’ve helped us make at the Bustamante Gill art gallery in Los Angeles. Click through this slideshow for a few highlights from that evening and the other 99 days.

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Watch and Learn Which Animal is Most Likely to Kill You This Summer

It’s probably not going to be a shark that gets you.

Nothing says summer entertainment quite like monstrous beasts thirsty for human blood. But no matter what Steven Spielberg, certain ratings-hungry networks, or beachgoers in North Carolina might tell you, sharks really aren’t out to get you. Snails and dogs, though? You might want to keep your eye on them. Find out more about the world’s deadliest animals below.

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