CPC's Adult Literacy Students Rally at City Hall
On June 6, 2018, CPC joined 1,500 allies and partner organizations- including the New York Coalition for Adult Literacy- at City Hall to rally in support of continued adult literacy funding. Attendees highlighted the necessity of ongoing support for literacy services, and urged the New York City Council and Mayor’s Office to restore $12 million for Adult Literacy programming in the upcoming fiscal year budget.
With 2.2 million adult New Yorkers lacking English proficiency and/or a high school diploma, initiatives like CPC’s Adult Literacy Program provide community members with the critical skills necessary to enter the workforce, enroll into secondary education, and support their families. This year alone, over 1,300 community members walked through CPC's doors seeking to improve their English proficiency. Improving English literacy builds an individual's confidence to travel around the city, become more civically engaged, explore different career paths, and even open their own small business.