Last week, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy held two myPLACE℠ community-based open enrollment sessions to inform the public about adult education opportunities available through myPLACE℠. The sessions were held in partnership with youth-serving organizations to reach their networks of adult caretakers. Adult education is a key factor in obtaining family-sustaining employment. Additionally, studies show that youth perform better in school when parents are equipped with the tools to be active participants in their education.
myPLACE℠ campuses serve adult learners seeking to improve basic literacy and work-readiness skills by providing intake, standardized assessments, case management, career counselling, and enrollment into face-to face and online adult education classes. myPLACE℠, which stands for Philadelphia Literacy and Adult Career Education, has enrolled over 3,000 adults in classes since opening last spring.
On Tuesday, July 21, The Commission visited Universal Daroff Charter School in West Philadelphia to enroll parents of Daroff scholars into their first appointment. Parents met individually with Commission staff members to discuss their educational goals and register for a myPLACE℠ intake and assessment appointment. Parents in attendance had one thing in common: they want to return to the classroom so they can advance in their careers.
Bernadette, a Certified Nursing Assistant and parent of a Daroff 2nd grader, attended the information and enrollment session. Years ago, Bernadette was discouraged after she missed passing the GED® test by one point. After a recent battle with thyroid cancer Bernadette is interested in becoming a radiology technician, but she needs a GED® to qualify. Bernadette made an appointment to meet with a learning coach and is now on her way to a better career in the healthcare field.
The event at Daroff was a coordinated effort between the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy and Universal Daroff’s Family Student Resource Center. According to Tamara Graham, FSRC Parent Outreach Manager, parents often come to her expressing the need to further their education so they can get new jobs or better careers. “Working with The Commission is a great way to help Universal’s parents get the tools they need to provide for their families,” said Tamara.
Later that week, The Commission, in partnership with Springboard Collaborative, held an information and enrollment session at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Springboard Collaborative works in low-income neighborhoods to close the reading gap for youth by coaching teachers, training family members, and incentivizing learning.
myPLACE℠ campuses meet the needs of Philadelphia’s job seekers by providing convenient access to basic literacy, English as a Second Language, GED® preparation services, digital skills and work-readiness training. If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in myPLACE℠ call (215) 686-5250.
The Commission participates in outreach events throughout Philadelphia. If you are interested in having the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy visit your organization to speak with and enroll adults into adult education classes please contact Deana Gamble, Director of Marketing and Communications at (215) 686-5254 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.