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Adult Literacy Means…

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

Please participate in a city advocacy effort today in anticipation of the release of the upcoming city budget! This week’s messaging will be directed towards the Mayor’s Office and agencies to support the refunding of the $12M we achieved last year, including for DYCD expansion funding that is at risk of expiring on June 30th. Please add it to your calendars and spread the word to your staff and students so that calls, tweets and messages are sent this Thursday!

Once the budget is released we will follow up with additional advocacy plans for city council members as well.

What: NYCCAL City Advocacy Alert Day of Action

When:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 (all day)

Why:

  • The NYC budget will be released this month and it’s imperative that services for adult literacy students and their families are maintained and expanded, especially now during NYC Immigrant Heritage Week!
  • If the City doesn’t re-fund last year’s adult literacy investment, 5,700 current students will lose their seats in city-funded English language (ESOL) or High School Equivalency (HSE) classes onJuly 1st.
  • 15,000 additional applicants are still on waiting lists right now to enter classes.

How: Call, tweet or email the city to make sure that no classes are cut from the budget! Make sure that NYC stands up for adult learners and their right to education. Talk about how important English and high school equivalency classes are for you, your family and your neighborhood.

Call:

Use the template at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1YIxzzuFzCKZEpHRHVBWnBvVGM to take a picture of yourself and send Tweets to: 

  • @NYCMayor
  • @nycgob (Spanish NYC account)
  • @NYCYouth (DYCD account)

Send a message:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/static/pages/officeofthemayor/contact.shtml

 

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Write a Letter to Support Adult Education!

From CQ Roll Call:

NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION FUNDING

The Trump administration’s initial budget proposal, which was released last Thursday, proposed a budget cut of 13.5% in the U.S. Department of Education for FY2018. While adult education was not specifically mentioned in this proposal, we anticipate that the complete budget, which will be released in mid-May, will include the cut of 13.5% for adult education along with most other education programs.

Given the tremendous harm that a cut of this size would cause to adult education programs and students across the country, the National Council of State Directors and COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) are launching a national advocacy campaign to ensure that members of Congress do not approve this devastating cut.

The message for this campaign is NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION. Each of us as adult educators, students, and friends of adult education have the responsibility to take swift and decisive action to ensure that the proposed cut is not enacted.

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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:

To learn how you can take action, click here.

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Immigrant Poets in New York

This Tuesday, November 18th at 1:00PM, the Book Club Class will be sharing some of their stories and poems. This event will take place in Speyer Hall in 184 Eldridge Street. The event is open to everyone and FREE. Hope to see you there.

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Literacy Review Revisited

Above is a “greatest hits” video from last spring’s Literacy Review Celebration at NYU.  You will find the Adult Literacy Program’s own Tammie Tai at the 3:01 mark!

The Literacy Review is an annual journal of writing from adult literacy programs throughout New York City. Edited by NYU Gallatin students, the book is distributed at a celebration that includes readings by the newly published writers.

The faculty adviser for the Literacy Review is Professor June Foley, who teaches an advanced writing class here at University Settlement on Fridays. To learn more about the Literacy Review, click here.

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The Ways Our Sonnets Flow

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April was National Poetry Month. Our E3 class wrote a booklet of poems (sonnets). Here’s one by Leonardo Castillo:

Oh Money!

There are people that adore money
It is their honey
They are drunk on success
They don’t know the stress
They don’t feel any pain
If it isn’t related to their gain
They can work the whole day
Without ever hitting the hay
They want to own the water
To control the world better
They dream about how it would be sold
As a way to amass a lot of gold
And the most important issue, they think
Is to exhibit their wives wrapped in mink

Leonardo Castillo

Click on the picture below to read more. Comment and let us know which ones are your favorite – you can even write your own sonnet! Enjoy!

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cheers

 It is difficult (and rewarding) to learn a new language and students need all the help they can get. In the video below a man is working hard to learn English. He gets help from his school, library, friends and family. Watch the video and comment below. Tell us the special reason the man is learning English and let us know your goals and reasons as well.

There are about two months left of classes. Don’t let the spring weather distract you too much. Keep working hard so you can improve your skills, achieve your goals and celebrate with a nice drink.

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