Adult Education Roundtable to Launch
Adult Literacy Awareness Campaign
Syracuse (June 8, 2018) – The Adult Education Roundtable (AER), a collaborative group of local Adult Literacy/Adult Education providers and supporters in Onondaga County, have joined forces to raise public awareness of the adult literacy needs in our community. Adult Education and Literacy Programs deliver quality services to over 4,000 adult students each year, but this represents a fraction of the adults in Onondaga County in need of literacy services. The awareness campaign seeks to increase these numbers, and generate support and engagement from organizations and individuals who would like to help eradicate illiteracy in our community
A grant from the Rotary Club of Syracuse was matched by the Central New York Community Foundation to develop this collective awareness campaign. The members of the Adult Education Roundtable (AER) include LiteracyCNY; North Side Learning Center; OCM BOCES; Onondaga Community College; Onondaga County Public Library; ProLiteracy; SUNY Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center; Syracuse City School District Adult Education; Syracuse University College; The Newland Center; and others.
Syracuse has the distinction of being known as the birthplace of the modern adult literacy movement. But due to the fact that 15 percent of Onondaga County adults either have no schooling or dropped out of school before completing high school, adult educators in Onondaga County estimate that there are still more than 60,000 adults in our community who have very limited literacy and English language skills.
Health, gender equality, poverty and every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives.
The idea for the campaign was sparked by the Rotary Club of Syracuse. Rotarian Dan Morrow, Chairman of the Literacy Committee, said, “The Rotary Club of Syracuse, one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in the world, has kept adult literacy as a focus of the club. We have used the slogans: "Committed to Literacy" and "Syracuse: the Literacy Capital of the World. Our goal is to recruit adults to take advantage of the many literacy and employment programs offered for residents of Onondaga County.”
Prior grant investments by the Community Foundation have also enabled the AER to develop a referral website – CNYLearns.org. Those interested in supporting, volunteering, or learning more about services offered, can get a quick start by visiting the website or calling 1-866-705-READ to explore options.
About Rotary Club of Syracuse:
The Rotary Club of Syracuse, Inc. is really comprised of two entities; the Club which was chartered on June 1, 1912 as Club Number 42 in the Rotary world, and the Syracuse Rotary Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit philanthropic arm of the Club founded in 1957. Together, the Club and the Foundation have served the Greater Syracuse community with uncommon distinction and vigor, leaving a long trail of accomplishment in the best of Rotary’s traditions, all of which has contributed to giving The Rotary Club of Syracuse an honored position in our community.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Syracuse visit www.syracuserotary.org.
About the Central New York Community Foundation:
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses and serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Syracuse visit www.cnycf.org.
CNYLearns is a service of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) and was developed by and for the members of the Adult Education Roundtable (AER) to address common issues and needs in our community. The AER is a collaborative group of Adult Literacy/Adult Education providers and supporters that meet monthly. Members include LiteracyCNY; North Side Learning Center; OCM BOCES; Onondaga Community College; Onondaga County Public Library; ProLiteracy; SUNY Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center; Syracuse City School District Adult Education; Syracuse University College; The Newland Center; and others. LCOC’s Vision is 100% Literacy through 100% Community Engagement.
LCOC’s Mission, as the birthplace of the modern literacy movement, is to collectively build and support community initiatives that improve literacy levels across the lifespan in Onondaga County.
To learn more about LCOC or AER and their participating organizations visit www.onliteracy.org and www.CNYLearns.org.