The New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL) has presented a proposal to the New York City Council to request $10.5 million for a one-year pilot project in FY22 designed to maximize the role adult literacy programs can play in advancing COVID recovery, and to demonstrate that greater investment in wrap around support services and resources for adult literacy students lead to significantly greater social and economic benefits for those students, their families, and their communities. See the Investing in Quality Pilot Proposal at this link and the Q & A regarding the proposal here.
The City budget will likely be passed in July so we still have time to advocate for baseline funding of $12 and the Investing in Quality Pilot Program.
Actions to take:
Contact your elected officials
Post messages on social media (Photo Prompt--you'll be asked to make a copy)
Call 311 and ask for the city to fully fund adult literacy programs.
You can talk about how challenging FY21 was, how much programs worked to transition online and modernize options to ensure students can access classes during and beyond the pandemic; the historic underfunding, the new costs given program changes
Use our hashtag: #LiteracyLiftsNYC
Find Your City Council Member: https://council.nyc.gov/districts
#SaveAdultLit Advocacy Week of May 29th
In lieu of traditional activities that NYCCAL organizes such as rallies and legislative visits, which are not possible due to the COVID-19 crisis, adult literacy providers can join virtual advocacy efforts instead to urge New York City to restore funding for adult literacy programs in FY2021. We will be holding Virtual Advocacy Rallies every Friday for the next few weeks.
On Friday May 8, 2020, we ask that you participate in a virtual celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week by sending out Tweets and Instagram messages to our elected officials to support funding for Adult Education.
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Each year, the New York Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL) and Literacy NY (LNY) meet in Albany to advocate for Adult Literacy Education funding. By meeting with elected officials who have a final say in the State budget, NYCCAL's Advocacy Day is our chance to emphasize the importance of supporting and expanding Adult Literacy for all New Yorkers.
To kick off the day, Assemblymember Ron Kim will join us to host a rally for Adult Literacy in the State Capitol Building. We'll spend the rest of the day meeting with State Senators and Assemblymembers to demonstrate the widespread need for expanded access to adult literacy. Join us to make sure our Albany representatives hear our message loud and clear: #LiteracyLiftsNY!
If you are interested in going and maybe bringing some students, please register here
WHO: New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy
WHAT: #LiteracyLiftsNY Advocacy Day
WHEN: Wednesday, February 5 (meet in Albany at 10:30am)
WHERE: New York State Capitol (btw State St. & Washington Ave)
WHY: Advocate for Adult Literacy Funding in New York State
GETTING TO AND FROM ALBANY:
From NYC: NYCCAL members will have access to 2 buses with centralized pick-up locations throughout NYC. Due to limited space, we're currently capping bus registration for organizations at 20 people. Remaining seats on a first-come, first-serve basis.
From Upstate: Please meet NYC participants at 10:45 AM at the State Capitol.
Please contact Lena Cohen and Ariel Savransky with any questions. Thank you!
We know the beginning of the year is hectic but our decision makers need to hear from YOU and your students!
Each year we talk to many elected officials who understand that Adult Literacy is underfunded and the difficulties this causes our community and we need to keep making sure they hear our message! Throughout the day we will meet with legislators about the NYCCAL priorities and make sure they see our faces and understand #LiteracyLifts!
Details on how to sign up and other day of logistics will be added soon.
We recognize that your organizations have numerous stories to share with us about current or former students who have achieved personal, academic, and/or employment success fostered by the excellence of your programs. Our new feature, Student Stories, is here to aid us in showcasing all the successes that encompasses NYCCAL!
Do you have a story you'd like to share?
Please feel free to send it to Tilla Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that the State budget has been finalized, we’re once again gearing up to fight the City’s proposed $12 million cut to DYCD-funded adult literacy programs. Similar to last year, we’re holding rallies in each borough for a month to show that #LiteracyLiftsNYC!
Borough Rally Schedule
Action Alert 2018
Action Alert 2019
Action Alert 2020
Action Alert 2021
Investing In Quality Pilot Program
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