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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.

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To learn how you can take action, click here.

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Our Family Table Video

University Settlement recently produced a video highlighting the programs and services we offer. You may see some familiar faces in it!:

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Weekend Holiday Party Photos

Here are some photos from the Weekend party – just click on any of them to see them all:

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A Visit from Commissioner Salas

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We recently had the pleasure of hosting the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and Commissioner Lorelei Salas on their Community Listening Tour. Over the course of two visits, they visited four of our highest level ESOL classes (65-75 students) to solicit input from them about how the DCA can help them tackle predatory business and workplace practice, comply with laws, build their assets and access financial assistance services. Thank you, Commissioner Salas, and thank you, DCA!

To learn more about the Department of Consumer Affairs, click here.

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NY Rising Students Share Their Expertise

After nearly one year of learning about how to be prepared for a variety of emergencies one encounters living in NYC, our New York Rising students shared their knowledge about basic preparedness with students in Class W2.  Reviewing the commonalities for a variety of “disasters,” both natural and man-made, the New York Rising students taught the W2 students about the importance of having:

1. An emergency plan in place with which the entire family is familiar.

2. Having two meeting places (one near the home and one at some distance in case the neighborhood is inaccessible).

3. Having a Go-Bag ready for each family member.

4. Keeping emergency supplies on hand and a first aid kit.

5. Knowing from where up-to-the-minute information can be obtained during an emergency.

To make your own Emergency Plan, click here!

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