Nonprofit Awarded $110,000 Grant to Expand Adult Literacy Services
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The Literacy Center of West Michigan today announced it is the recipient of a $110,000 Wege Foundation grant. The funding is being used to expand its Family Literacy Program (FLP). The program teaches parents the language and literacy skills they need to support their child’s education and strengthen the connection between home and school ..read more
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Terry’s Story: Seven Years a Tutor
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Written by Cynthia Salinas, Communications Coordinator “My motto has been and continues to be ‘progress (toward literacy) by the inch is cinch, by the yard is hard,'” volunteer tutor Terry Weinburger shares.  ..read more
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Finding a Place in Construction: Patricia’s Story
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It is a well-known fact that construction has a history of being a male-dominated field. In fact, women make up only 11% of the construction workforce in the United States. For women like Patricia, the ability to see herself using power tools and hammers was a process of unlearning cultural norms. Growing up Patricia only saw men in her family building things. “We thought we weren’t allowed to touch [tools], it’s men’s business” Patricia said ..read more
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Literacy Center of West Michigan Takes the Lead in NCFL's Nationwide 60x30 Family Learning Vision
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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) today announced the Literacy Center of West Michigan is the lead partner in creating a 60x30 Family Learning Community in West Michigan. In the months ahead, the Literacy Center of West Michigan will work with the NCFL, local families and more than 20 community partners to align programmatic goals and coordinate efforts to provide family literacy, engagement and leadership opportunities to historically underserved and marginalized families within the community.  ..read more
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Adult Tutoring Program Director Selected as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow
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Yilin Wendland-Liu, Ph.D., the Literacy Center's Adult Tutoring Program director, has been selected as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow! This prestigious program is dedicated to empowering local leaders to drive transformational social change in their communities ..read more
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Iryna’s Story
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Blog Author: Iryna Kalenskaya , Literacy Center Learner  "Hello.  My name is Iryna. I’m from Ukraine. I lived in a big industrial city of Zaporizhzhia.   I had a stable and peaceful life with my family. There are four of us. I have two kids. My daughter is 13 years-old and son is 11 years-old. I worked as a cosmetologist at the salon. I loved my job. One day, the war comes into my country. It was the worsen day in my life.  Thousands of lives were destroyed. To protect my kids and my parents I decided to move to the USA. My husband stays in Ukraine. My sister lives in ..read more
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Literacy Center of West Michigan Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – May 26, 2023 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Literacy Center of West Michigan a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is a part of the Foundation’s largest, one-day literacy donation of more than $13 million throughout the 47 states in which Dollar General operates to support adult, family, and summer literacy programs ..read more
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Yaina's Story: Belonging in the United States
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Leaving home is never easy. Imagine making the difficult decision to leave behind everything that is familiar—people, places, culture, and language—to start fresh someplace new. This was the decision facing Yaina Mitchell in 2009. While she didn’t want to leave her home in the Dominican Republic, she felt that the United States would give her access to more opportunities and her young children a chance at a better life ..read more
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Victor Holt, Latest Addition to The Board
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 Victor Holt is the Latest Addition to the Board! Victor is currently an Assistant Vice President, Financial Center Manager, for Fifth Third Bank's Main Office in Downtown Grand Rapids ..read more
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Monica Mendez from Grand Rapids Chamber Newest Board of Director
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 The Literacy Center of West Michigan welcomes our newest board member, Monica Mendez from the Grand Rapids Chamber ..read more
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