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Rally for Adult Literacy

Yesterday University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students journeyed to City Hall to make their voices heard about a proposed $12 million cut in funding for adult education classes in New York City. Watched the video above and view the pictures below.

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Advocating for Adult Literacy

Earlier today students from the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program attended a rally at City Hall to support funding for adult education programs in New York City.

From the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL):

What:
Over 100 immigrants, adult learners, educators and their allies will gather for a press conference at City Hall on March 22nd at 9:30am to call attention to their plight. Thousands of students across the City are currently enrolled in adult literacy classes not scheduled for renewal in the Mayor’s budget. They say they need English classes more than ever, particularly as misinformation and fear about the President’s immigration orders and ICE raids permeates low-literacy immigrant communities.

Who:
The press conference is organized by the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), a citywide coalition of community based organizations, CUNY programs, libraries and union training programs. Students, teachers and allies will be joined by City Council supporters, including Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca.

Why:
2.2 million adult New Yorkers currently lacking English proficiency and/or a high school diploma – 1/3 of the entire adult population of the city – yet the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget did not renew $12m in funding included in last year’ budget, an investment advocates called historic at the time.

Literacy programs provide a pathway to economic mobility, social integration, parent-child engagement, improved health outcomes and improved community safety.  However, these programs are dramatically underfunded and less than 3% of those in need can access adult education programming. A 2015 survey by NYCCAL revealed at least 15,000 New Yorkers were waitlisted for adult literacy classes where they sometimes waited for over a year.

Here are more pictures:

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Qun Qing (Helen) Ye: Student of the Month

We would like to congratulate our newest student of the month, Qun Qing Ye. Helen has been living in the United States for 6 years and has recently passed her US Citizenship Test. Below is a short video interview with Qun Qing (Helen). Keep up the great work!

 

Is your story similar to Helen’s?

Have you taken the US Citizenship test?

Are you working on your resume?

Let us know and comment below…

 

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You Can Too!

Interested in going to college or getting your GED?

Looking to find job and career opportunities?

Want to improve your language and learning skills?

Many others have and You Can Too!

The Mayor’s Office of Adult Education can help. They’ve put together a website, You Can Too!, with the resources you need to achieve your goals.

What’s great about this website is that you can watch, listen and share your own success stories with other adult learners in New York…

Listen and watch adult learners like Maria, Amy and Henry share their stories and tell how they have and are continuing to achieve their goals.

Click on the picture below and explore the You Can Too! website

Students told us they found sites like Workforce 1 and My Next Move interesting and helpful for finding information about work. Websites like CUNY Start have information if you are trying to go to college, while TV411 can help you improve your reading, writing, science and math skills.

Let us know what you think about the website. What’s helpful and interesting? What’s confusing and difficult? Leave a comment or email us at usadultliteracy@gmail.com

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