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