Research shows that literacy is a critical element for success at any age. The JLM is taking a closer look at literacy rates, financial literacy and computer literacy. A survey completed in 2003 showed that 53 percent of Tennessee adults were at a level 1 or 2 for literacy, meaning they can read and comprehend stories, songs, directions and instructions but are unable to analyze or synthesize much of this information — something critical for getting and keeping a job. Currently, JLM impacts literacy through the G.R.O.W. Thursday Night Supper Club, where volunteers work with the Lester Community Center families to provide education in financial literacy, college preparatory discussions, tutoring and more.