Here are more photos from Albany. Our students went to the state capital last week with other members of the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL) to advocate for $25 million in funding for Adult Literacy Education in New York State. We held a rally on the Million Dollar staircase, where in addition to Senator Jessica Ramos and Assembly Members Ron Kim and Pat Fahy, our very own Adult Literacy Program students Lifen and Jose spoke about how important programs like ours are. After the rally we visited state assembly members’ and senators’ offices and to tell them why adult literacy programs need more funding in New York.
In an effort to reach as many people as possible, we’re now on Meetup.com, where you can find all our registration information. Just click on the image to join – and please share with friends!
In a recent Politico article about state adult education funding, our program’s director, Michael Hunter, is quoted:
The current state budget includes $7.3 million for the Adult Literacy Education program, which serves approximately 5,700 participants statewide, said Michael Hunter, adult literacy program director for the University Settlement Society of New York, a nonprofit providing services for immigrant and low-income families.
Statewide, more than 3.5 million individuals do not have a high school diploma, English-language proficiency or both, Hunter said. The ALE program provides funding to help increase literacy skills, particularly for immigrants and native-born New Yorkers with interrupted education.
Yesterday University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students journeyed to City Hall to make their voices heard about a proposed $12 million cut in funding for adult education classes in New York City. Watched the video above and view the pictures below.