I recently attended the Proliteracy Conference where I was able to learn from colleagues across the US. One of the sessions I attended was led by a leader of ValueUSA. An adult learner himself, Marty, reminded me that our students have many talents, skills, and resources. Our students are at the heart of what we do, we are learner-centered. Our students may lack literacy and/or English skills, but they do not lack the potential to be leaders among us. That is why we have started our Student Advisory committee, a group of student leaders who will help to ensure we are helping everyone we serve reach their full potential. These students will be the voice of our adult learners as our Board begins its strategic planning process this fall.
In addition to beginning our Strategic Planning process, we have been very busy launching new programs:
- Family Literacy, the first multi-generational program of its kind in our community,
- Project Search, a collaboration of community partners to ensure young adults with disabilities have job skills to live independent successful lives,
- and our newest program is a partnership with the County to provide literacy and life skills to inmates within the County Detention Center. You will be hearing more about this program as we measure its impact. We do know that for every $1 spent on education programs for the incarcerated there is a $5 savings to the local tax payer!
We are proud of the work we do to help educate adult learners throughout our community. We cannot do this work without you, so thank you for believing in the potential of your neighbors who struggle with low literacy - you are making a difference.