2010-07-08 / Top Stories

Group That Promotes Literacy Honors Canarsie Resident

Literacy student Eric Young reads to those at recent ceremony. Literacy student Eric Young reads to those at recent ceremony. Literacy Partners recently honored eight exceptional adult students, including one Canarsie resident, and volunteers in it’s annual Student and Volunteer Recognition Celebration in a Manhattan church, which was attended by family, friends and supporters as well as the group’s volunteer tutors and staff.

It is New York’s only accredited adult literacy program, providing free, high-quality education to local adults and families.

Eric Young has been a student with Literacy Partners for 18 months and always wanted to get his GED — an opportunity that he’s now been given. Young has said that in addition to finding himself with improved reading skills, he now interacts more with others due to his new level of confidence.

“For most students, our programs are often their last opportunity to gain skills essential for day-to-day living,” said Susan A. McLean, Executive Director of Literacy Partners. “At this annual reception, we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of all of our students and recognize the inspirational volunteers who enable our students to realize their potential.”

More than 3.5 million adult New Yorkers cannot read above the fifth grade level. Literacy Partners continues to meet and exceed educational benchmarks. Upon completion of programs, “alumni” have the basic literacy skills essential to live fuller, more productive lives as individuals, parents and citizens.

Photo credit: Martin Bentsen for MJB Home Entertainment

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