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National Adult and Family Literacy Week

The Ohio Literacy Network Newsletter
September 2010

Friends of the Ohio Literacy Network, join us in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, 2010.

3 Days Until Adult Education and
Family Literacy Week 2010!
-Are You Ready?

September 13 – 19, 2010

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2010 is a unique opportunity to lift every voice for adult education and family literacy. Here are some things you can do to prepare:

* Finalize your press release or use the outline created below from ProLiteracy to create your own.

* Include timely fact sheets about your program and students at your National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Events.

* Join us on Twitter at @LiteracyOhio or on Face Book at the Ohio Literacy Network.

* Plan to raise awareness by tweeting adult education and family literacy facts and follow @NCLAdvocacy and #AEFLWeek and retweet those tweets. Your followers may retweet to their followers, and so on, raising awareness of adult education and family literacy with the public.

* Contact your state office or state professional association to learn their plans for raising awareness in your state. Tap into activities they have planned.

* Invite your Congressman to attend the NCL Literacy Leadership Awards being held in D.C. on September 15 by sending then a personalized invitation.

* Invite your House Member to join the new House Adult Literacy Caucus.

* Have awareness activities planned? If not, see what you can pull together quickly by visiting the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit resources for ideas and resources. They update these pages often.

* Want to see others’ plans? Visit the NCL blog site to read what others plan to do. Post your plan in the Comments section.

Get ready today; let us know how we can help!

PS: Visit our eLearning website Today!

Personalize this press release

For Immediate Release For more information please contact:
Contact Name for Organization Name

Phone Number

E-mail (if applicable)

Tracy Carman for ProLiteracy
(315) 422-9121, ext 374

tcarman@proliteracy.org

Adult Learners Fall Further Behind in Unstable Economy

-Adult Literacy Programs Work to Educate Those Often Left Behind-

(September X, 2010, City, State Abbr.) – (Organization Name) in (city/town) is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering adult education (and family literacy) programs to help Americans gain the basic literacy skills they need to be employable in today’s tough economy.

According to ProLiteracy , the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, the literacy crisis in the U.S. costs the nation $60 billion a year in lost productivity, $73 billion in unnecessary health care expenses, and contributes to unemployment, crime, drug abuse, and homelessness. Adult education and family literacy programs address these problems at the community level by providing the estimated 30 million adults with low literacy levels with the education they need to participate in the workforce.

“Education remains the most successful tool we have to fight unemployment,” said (Name, title of Organization Name) “Our (insert adult education or family literacy) programs match (trained volunteers, teachers) with adults to help them improve the reading, writing, and language skills they need to take their lives in new directions and to contribute even more to their communities.”

“In the U.S., one out of seven adults has below-basic literacy skills,” said David C. Harvey , president and CEO of ProLiteracy . “Making an investment in people’s education goes a long way in creating a skilled workforce. September 13 through 19 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and we want to use this awareness week to sound the alarm about the growing American literacy crisis.”

(Organization Name) is a member of ProLiteracy and is one of hundreds of community-based organizations that make up the ProLiteracy network.

In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, (Organization Name) is (insert activity/activities planned for week with specific dates, locations and times).

For more information about (Organization Name)’s services, visit (Local Website) or call (Phone Number).

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Mom Uses TV lessons to get GED and a Job!

Adult Group Round

In September ’08, Dawana Martin called our hotline to find out how she could study from home for her GED. At that time, she was unemployed, raising two teenagers and was helping her mom cope with breast cancer.

More than anything, Dawana wanted to move forward with her dreams to get a job, support her family financially and go to college. Because of her situation, Dawana qualified for our home-study pilot program whereby we provided her a set of workbooks to use with our GED Connection video lessons available on Time Warner Digital Cable or streamed on our eLearning website.

Dawana blocked out time each night to study and over the next few months, she gained confidence and built new skills. When she got to a challenging subject, like geometry, she recruited church members or her sons to help explain the concept or quiz her new found knowledge. In June ’09, Dawana celebrated two important milestones; her oldest son graduated from high school and she gave a speech at her graduation ceremony.

Soon after receiving her GED, Dawana began working a temp job at a state agency and attending classes at Columbus State Community College; and in January she accepted an offer to become a full-time employee!

Dawana’s inspiring story was featured on NBC4 in Columbus. Watch it Now!

On behalf of the Ohio Literacy Network…Congratulations Dawana! We are proud of your success and the inspiration your story will bring to thousands of Ohioans who need a GED to get a job and acheive their goals and dreams.

Follow Dawana … Get started Today with GED Connection!

Adult Group Round

Get Learning and Get Earning!
Become a Literacy Champion Today!
Hotline Staff

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Don’t wait.. join now or —-

1. Volunteer
2. Donate 3. Spread the Word
4. Register for Kroger Community Rewards

I hope you have found this e-newsletter useful and inspiring. I encourage you to visit our eLearning website and tell your friends and family about our free, 24/7 educational resources for every age and skill level.

Please send us your feedback, success stories and suggestions. This input helps us improve our service and provides ideas for future issues of our e-communications and adult literacy projects.

Sincerely,
Alan Toops
The Ohio Literacy Network

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