NYCCAL is kicking off New York State advocacy for FY 2023 (April 1, 2022-March 31, 2023) with our annual State Advocacy Day on Monday, February 28.
Join State Advocacy Day by signing up for virtual meetings with elected officials and joining us on a social media push.
Invest an additional $15.6 million in FY23 to support the ALE Stabilization and Enhancement Fund to begin to stabilize and enhance ALE programs by increasing the rate per student, allowing providers to better serve the over 5,600 New Yorkers enrolled. This fund would supplement ALE contracts and increase investment in per-student funding in Adult Literacy Education. It will lead to strategic investments in resources, services, and supports, and will lead to greater outcomes and a wider range of impacts for adult literacy students, their families, and their communities.
To attend Zoom meetings, all participants (individuals and groups) must fill out the RSVP form and provide contact information by February 22. If you have program participants who want to join our legislative meetings, we welcome them to join us. Simply include their information in this form before February 22.
Meetings may be as short as 15 minutes (they will be scheduled for 30 minutes), and it is likely that not everyone will get to speak beyond introductions. We also anticipate fewer meetings per organization than previous in-person years.
Lastly, we ask anyone who is interested in participating to keep your schedule flexible the week of Feb 28 and be prepared for last-minute scheduling changes.
RSVP by 2/22 here for meetings. Join us on Twitter and Instagram on February 28 by posting why adult education is important to you. See our hashtags, sample messages, prompts, lists of elected officials, and more in our NYCCAL State Social Media Toolkit.
NYCCAL State Social Media Toolkit
NYCCAL FY23 State Advocacy One-Pager
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Join us for the 2020 #LiteracyLiftsNY Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 5,
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!
It's that time of year again to join together for a #LiteracyLiftsNY Day in Albany on Wednesday, February 5th!
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.
The Senate and Assembly both added money in their one-house budgets released earlier this week for Adult Literacy Education. The Senate essentially restored the $1.5 million added last year and the Assembly added $3 million.
In order to keep pressure on the Senate and Assembly to continue to fight for this funding, we are asking programs to tweet a thank you to the Senate and Assembly as well as to our Senate and Assembly champions for their support. In the Senate, the champion is Jessica Ramos and in the Assembly, the champions are Yuh-Line Niou, Ron Kim and Pat Fahy. Following are sample tweets and twitter handles of the targets. Also tweet @NYSA_Majority and don't forget to mention NYCCAL @NYCCAL, and use our state hashtag #LiteracyLiftsNY.
Thank you @NYSenate for supporting Adult Literacy Education (ALE) in your one-house. We still need your support to help the 3.5 million New Yorkers (1/4 of our state's adult population) that need adult education. #LiteracyLiftsNY @NYCCAL
Thank you <@insertmembername> for championing Adult Literacy Education (ALE) in your one-house budget and fighting for the 3.5 million New Yorkers (1/4 of our state's adult population) that need adult education. #LiteracyLiftsNY @NYCCAL
Fill in with below names:
Feel free to come up with your own tweets as well.
It's that time of year again to join together for a #LiteracyLiftsNY Day in Albany on Monday, March 4th! 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! Assembly-member Ron Kim is co-hosting the day with us and will join us and other invited elected officials for a Rally so join us to make sure the other legislators hear our message! Throughout the day we will also meet with legislators about the NYCCAL priorities and make sure they see our faces and understand #LiteracyLifts!
We will be sending out more information in the coming weeks but we wanted to make sure everyone put the date on the calendar so we can maximize participation from programs. It may be too early to let us know the exact number of students and staff that may be able to attend from your program but if you can ballpark, that would be great. If you plan to attend with students please contact Ariel Savransky savranskya@UJAFEDNY.ORG and she will tell you the next steps.
If you cannot travel to Albany you can still join in our social media campaign on March 4. Here is a link to how to join: bit.ly/NYCCALSoMeState
We anticipate that we will have a bus as we did last year but we are exploring alternative options (smaller vans leaving from different areas of the city) depending on which programs participate. We will update you all as the timing gets closer.
Thank you and here’s to getting the $15.3 million this year!