Craven Literacy Council, like most of its sister organizations, gets a substantial portion of its operating revenue from grants. The largest source of our grant funding comes through the federal government’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act-Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA-AEFLA) and is administered by the NC Community College System (NCCCS). In their memo to NC literacy associations, the NCCCS states:
The WIOA-AEFLA provides adult education and literacy services to help adults obtain employment and economic self-sufficiency, and support the educational development of their children. It also prepares adults to earn a high school diploma or equivalency and to prepare them for transition to post-secondary education through career pathways. AEFLA continues to serve English language learners improve their English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and expands the scope of services to include mathematics and civic related-purposes.
New for the upcoming funding year to begin July 2017 is heightened emphasis on job readiness and post-secondary education. These laudable goals will present challenges to us and other community-based literacy associations. With many of our learners starting at not even a high school reading level, making the gains necessary to be work- or college-ready takes time. Craven Literacy is stepping up to the challenge with more focused help for tutors and students. We still strive to help adults achieve their personal literacy goals but with an eye on solid advancement in skill level.
That’s just one of the take-aways from ProLiteracy’s Annual Statistical Report for 2014-2015. Don’t let the word “statistical” in that title scare you away. View the summary here in a breezy, concise infographic format.
We’re especially proud of the positive outcomes reported for all literacy organizations, including ours. While most of our clients arrive with less than a high school education, they can and do make progress.
Craven Literacy tutoring lets our adult learners build the skills they need in their lives. Our students show learning gains, improved job-related skills, and increased involvement in children’s educational activities.
Literacy for adults is about much more than learning to read. Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. highlighted just how important functional literacy is in assuring that adults can move forward in their lives, whether in post-secondary education, job training or better employment opportunities.
Federal funding for adult education, which includes literacy programs like those we here at Craven Literacy offer, is governed by WIOA (say wee-oh-wuh) which stands for Workplace Investment and Opportunity Act. The latest iteration of this act emphasizes transitions to employment or post-secondary education. Further, it directs all those institutions involved in adult education — community colleges, job centers, literacy nonprofits — to integrate their services. All of us should be working toward those same goals.
Craven Literacy Council joined 22 other local nonprofits on Monday, August 24, to accept a grant from the Craven County Community Foundation. An affiliate of the N.C. Community Foundation, the Craven County Community Foundation, awarded grants totaling $115,630 this year.
A proud recipient of grants from the foundation for a number of years, Craven Literacy Council will use the grant to support our adult literacy programs.
Like most nonprofits, Craven Literacy Council relies on a mix of private gifts and corporate and foundation grants. These grants vary in size, but all are vital to us achieving our mission of helping adults learn to read, write, compute and use technology effectively in their every day lives.
This year CLC received 2 new grants. The Christ Episcopal Church Women gave a $500 grant for the purchase of a laminator and binding machine. We will use this equipment to develop more professional and easy to use instructional materials.
Our other new grant is from Bank of America in the amount of $2,500.
We will use this money to purchase software and additional laptops for our students’ use. We are thrilled that Bank of America is funding CLC’s efforts in our community and look forward to collaborating with Bank of America on Financial Literacy classes for our students.
As another grant season comes to a close, our Executive Director here at Craven Literacy Council can give a big sigh of relief. The time she spent at her computer this spring writing grants to the wonderful companies who support adult literacy in the US has been rewarded.