In Philadelphia, the Mayor's Commission on Literacy offers courses on a variety of types of literacy, helping adult learners master reading, math and digital literacy.
This eight-part series looked at the Millennium Development Goals, targets set by the United Nations in 2000 for developing countries, which expired at the end of 2015. The series applied the targets to some communities in the United States. The eight goals were: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development. Where possible, we included data visualizations or interactives in the stories.
The second piece, about literacy in Philadelphia, used a click-through gallery to allow readers to see the kinds of things participants learned in classes taught by the Mayor's Commission on Literacy. While most people can read at a basic level, the classes usually cover math and computer literacy, skills that people need to apply for jobs. (Embedded below.)
The remaining stories used charts and tables to visualize some of the data behind the issues.
All stories in the "America left behind" series:
Navajo Nation's malnutrition crisis
Nearly one-quarter of Philadelphia's adult population lacks literacy
US political parity 'worse than Afghanistan', advocates say
Mississippi's Lost Babies
Barriers to prenatal health care in DC endanger women
Alabama showcases the perils of abstinence-only education
Political will, not wealth, key to real improvements in energy efficiency (no graphics)
In Texas, insured and uninsured alike struggle to pay drug costs