Coalition Member Organizations
You can see a list of all the organizations that belong to the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy here. Below are highlights of some of our member organizations.
The Doe Fund
The Doe Fund's Education & Training Department offers adult education classes: literacy, pre-HSE, HSE, and technology classes. We also offer an array of training programs:
The first cycle of the “Chef-in-Training” Program debuted in February 2016 and was taught by Chef Justin Fertitta, a CIA graduate. Over the course of eight weeks, trainees learned: history of culinary arts, kitchen hierarchy, product knowledge, cooking locally and in-season, fundamental cooking techniques, kitchen arithmetic (recipe yields, weights and measurements) butchery, stocks, sauces, knife skills, interpersonal skills necessary for working in a restaurant, kitchen safety and proper food handling in accordance with NYC health department regulations.
Trainees were able to gain hands-on kitchen experience in a fast-paced, cook-to-order simulated restaurant setting by preparing lunches and dinners for residents of The Doe Fund’s Gates Avenue facility in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The training program culminated with an eight-course tasting event attended by chefs associated with Union Square Hospitality Group and Crafted Hospitality Group.
For more information, visit: www.doe.org
The Doe Fund’s mission is to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. All of The Doe Fund's programs strive to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency through a year-long residential, transitional work program.
LaGuardia Community College- Center for Immigrant Education and Training
The Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET) at LaGuardia Community College offers free contextualized English as a Second Language and job training programs along with career counseling and case management services to low-income Queens immigrants and their families.
Their goal is to support their students in becoming life-long learners and independent, contributing citizens of New York City.
CIET recently celebrated the immigrant nurse students in its NYC Welcome Back Center programs. These students studied in the intensive NY-BEST integrated ESOL and NCLEX training programs to become re-licensed as LPNs in New York and advance in their careers. All the students were nurses in their home countries but needed some help with their English and test preparation. 97% of the students completed the program, and their pass rates exceeded national averages by more than 30 percentage points.
Turning Point is a community-based organization located in Sunset Park and Red Hook that serves all of Brooklyn. They provide holistic support to underserved individuals through education, health and social services programs that make a real difference in the community.
See more about Turning Point and their work on their blog .
To hear from a student about her experience, see the video below.
International Center of Catholic Charities Community Services
We offer English language training and programs in American culture to immigrants, refugees, students, and other newcomers to the United States. Each year, we serve hundreds of newcomers – our members – and manage a volunteer corps of more than 500. Our members represent a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds from approximately 80 countries. Many were trained professionals in their home countries; others come seeking an education and a better life for their children.
See our schedule of classes.
Make the Road New York- Adult Education Program
Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, education, and survival services. We have 14,000+ members and operate four community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island and Brentwood, Long Island.
MRNY’s Adult Education Program provides English (ESOL), High School Equivalency (in Spanish), Citizenship, and computer classes to about 1,600 adults annually. Our graduates are better able to help their kids with homework, communicate with their doctor and accomplish their educational and employment goals.
University Settlement- Adult Literacy Program
The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program is part of University Settlement, which has been helping New Yorkers for the past 126 years. University Settlement was the first settlement house in the United States.
The Adult Literacy Program enrolls over 450 students per year. We work with students to build a foundation of English language and technology skills needed to gain employment or advance at a current job, enroll in educational programs or vocational training, help children or grandchildren with their schoolwork, understand and exercise legal rights and responsibilities, and attain U.S. citizenship, among other things.
Students enrolled in our program also have a choice of elective classes, including computer classes and an English Through Movies class, as well as a weekly book club facilitated by our program’s director, Michael Hunter. Higher level students also have the chance to attend our new Work Readiness class.
In partnership with the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, our students can also take part in an advanced writing class taught by NYU Gallatin Professor June Foley:
In addition, our students regularly take part in advocacy work, whether it’s writing letters to congress people, visiting Albany to speak to state representatives, calling City Council members, or attending NYCCAL rallies:
What people are saying about University Settlement’s Adult Literacy Program:
“University Settlement’s English classes helped me get my G.E.D. Now I am enrolled at a community college.” — Suki, participant
“Learning English at University Settlement has enabled me to help residents in my building read letters from government programs as well as help them apply for benefits.” — Wen Fei, participant
“My NYU students and I are honored to participate in the extraordinary learning community created at University Settlement’s Adult Literacy Program. “ — Professor June Foley, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
To learn more about our program have a look at our program’s blog , which features an “Idiom the Week,” “Staff Spotlight,” and “Student of the Month”: