The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance (Alliance) convened on Tuesday, December 2nd at The Free Library of Philadelphia for their final quarterly meeting of 2014. The theme of the meeting was Doing More with Less. At the meeting, participants explored strategies for leveraging resources to best serve adult learners.
Brendan Conlin, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Alliance, introduced Keynote Speaker Sister Janice Owen, Site Coordinator at IHM Center for Literacy. Sister Janice spoke of the importance of collaboration and networking. With limited staff and funding, making use of volunteers and connecting with similar organizations can provide valuable resources. Stephanie Korber, Director of Education at Center for Literacy, gave an overview of WIOA and encouraged Alliance members to attend the next Literacy Salon on December 12, 2014, to continue discussions on WIOA and how the Act will potentially impact adult literacy programs and providers.
Next, attendees participated in facilitated discussions and were asked to (1) identify resources available in their region of the city; (2) discuss how resources already available to them could be used for effectively to serve adult learners; and (3) name their favorite resource from any region and why. After discussions, participants heard presentations and collected materials from representatives of several local organizations that provide resources useful to their programs or learners. Stations were staffed by College Access, Career Wardrobe, Free Library of Philadelphia, Regional Foundation Center, Temple University School of Public Health Internships, Comcast’s EveryBlock, BenePhilly, and Lift Philadelphia. The meeting wrapped up with lunch and time for networking.
Special thanks to all who attended this meeting. If you are not a member, wish to be, or want more information on the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance click here or contact Naomie Nyanungo at email@example.com.
Powerpoint: How to Do More with Less – Sister Janice Owen
Powerpoint: Strategies for Maximizing Resources in Adult Literacy Programs – Brendan Conlin
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