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A Volunteer’s Perspective: Second Chances


It's volunteer awareness month and we want to put the volunteer spotlight on our very own programs administrative assistant, June Mastrogiovanni. June is also a one-on-one volunteer tutor at LiteracyCNY in Syracuse, New York. She is passionate not only about teaching her students basic literacy and English as a second language, but about creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for her students that helps create a lasting impact. Read the inspiring interview with June!

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Volunteer Stories: A Most Rewarding Experience


As a single mother from Somalia with two children, Teamir Melaku needed help developing her English language skills. Additionally, she had a goal to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). To do so, she needed to pass the CNA test, which she had already attempted two times.

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7 Unseen Problems Low-Literate Adults Experience When They Hide Their Secret

It may be a surprise to you that every American has most likely interacted in one way or another with an adult who has little to no literacy skills. The fact is that there are 36 million adults in the United States who can’t read above a third-grade level. That means the likelihood of meeting someone who struggles to read is truly staggering.


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A New Mom with New Literacy Aspirations
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 08, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment


At 17, Amber dropped out of high school frustrated by a curriculum she struggled to understand. Mild learning disabilities left her unable to fully grasp the material, and although she tried to ask for help, Amber’s teachers didn’t have the time or the resources to help her succeed. Over the next few years, she wandered into adulthood with no real goals or sense of purpose.

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From Dropping Out of School to Becoming an Interpreter for Deaf Students
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on November 30, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories categoryWomen's Empowerment


Jessica Alvarado is enjoying a successful career doing what she loves—interpreting for deaf students in the classroom. Her road to success wasn’t always direct, but the journey always centered on helping others.

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