Living in a storage shed as a child, Jodi Jill didn’t get access to schools as a young adult. As a child she was raised in a facility without windows, toilets or even running water. Which explains why she was inept as a child for simple skills such as reading and writing. Now part of literacy speakers Los Angeles, the accomplished writer and author has a program about her literacy journey called “For the love of words.”
Sharing how she started with no schooling during her time in the storage shed to becoming an adult who can read and write, the story of Jodi’s adult literacy progress is one of inspiration and compassion. Finding words to be an outlet to empower and create a life beyond being homeless, her story is one of strength, courage and faith.
The basic of necessities as a child were taken away and her (along with her siblings) dwelled in a garage-sized space for years. Deprived of education, basic social skills and other necessities considered for an American upbringing, the family hid the children from the world on every humanitarian level.
Speaking all over the United States, Jodi Jill offers an idea of what it means to appreciate words and how using the basics of reading and writing can propel anyone out of a situation that otherwise looks bleak. The accomplished speaker gives attendees an opportunity to reflect on how words help them and how they can help other people learning to read.