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Literacy Coalition News
September/October 2018


Molina Healthcare brings LOVE to Syracuse!  

New book inspires community service projects at Syracuse City Schools and author visit at La Casita Cultural Center.

#1 New York Times bestselling, Newbery Award-winning Latino author Matt de la Peña came to town on September 28-29 to talk about his latest published work, a children's picture book called LOVE, and spoke with over 1,000 students in the Syracuse City schools. Matt visits schools and colleges throughout the country, inspiring audiences of all ages, and also participates with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which is available throughout Onondaga County.

Visiting author Matt De La Peña with Rita Paniagua, New York Community Relations and Engagement Manager for Molina Healthcare, Inc. and SCSD Commissioner of Education.
His visit and this program is sponsored by Molina Healthcare, in partnership with the Syracuse City School District, Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, Red House Arts Center, Resilience CNY, La Casita Cultural Center, Office of Community Engagement at Syracuse University, commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2018.

Stay tuned for more updates on the special projects being developed by Syracuse City School District students inspired by Matt de la Peña's book. Learn more »


Educating Mothers to Increase Family Literacy

Adult literacy educators have long known about the importance of educating mothers or mothers-to-be for the educational development of children.

During Adult Education and Family Literacy week, we need to be mindful that when we invest in the education and training of adults, we may improve the educability of children, and hence elevate the literacy levels of entire families. By investing in education for adults, especially mothers or mothers-to-be, we get double duty from our education dollars. We elevate both adults and their children at the same time. From the point of getting a good return on investments (ROI) in education.

Learn more from Tom Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education (Ret.) »


AEI Grants Addressing Poverty in Various Ways

The hardships and limitations faced by those living in poverty may be similar, but the road leading out of its grasp is unique for each individual. That is why the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI) recently announced 22 nonprofit organizations as the recipients of $13.7 million in grants designated for CNY-based projects that approach the causes and outcomes of poverty in different ways. Over the span of five years, $30 million in total will be awarded to the region.

Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, right, and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney speak at a news conference to announce the anti-poverty grants

Here’s how a few of the grant recipients will be using the funding to spur economic opportunity, increase wealth and improve the quality of life within distressed communities.

Many are learning English, others improving basic reading, writing and math skills, some pursuing an equivalency diploma, and more seeking training and/or a credential for employment. These services are provided by a range of providers, working together to ensure that learners get to the right place, and move easily to others as they progress.
Learn more in this CNY Vitals blog »

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