ProLiteracy’s Literacy for Social Change initiative is a unique program that enables facilitators within community literacy programs to effectively combine literacy and cutting-edge strategies for human development and problem solving. On July 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the initiative will host a makeover event to build the confidence of adults from Huntington Family Centers.
The makeover will take place at the OCM BOCES Lee G. Peters Career Training Center, 4500 Crown Road, in Liverpool, New York. The participants of Huntington Family Centers' Family Support Network are men and women of diverse abilities who have struggled with social and economic hardships and who now actively participate in groups that promote education, growth, and peer support for parents. It is hoped that the physical transformations will inspire emotional transformations as well, leading to improved outlooks and increased self-esteem.
The OCM BOCES Adult Education Cosmetology Program is donating all of the supplies, costs, and equipment to organize the makeover. ProLiteracy will conduct pre- and post-surveys with the participants to gauge how this event has changed their outlook and possibly given them the self-esteem to reach new personal or educational goals they may not have had the confidence to pursue before the makeover. BOCES will also host an open house that day to give participants the opportunity to tour classes and learn about the vocational programs it offers.
Huntington Family Centers (HFC) has more than 90 years’ experience providing positive development opportunities for individuals, youth, and families. The agency is located in a neighborhood center on the Near West Side of Syracuse. Services are provided within the center as well as throughout Onondaga and contiguous counties. HFC has a long history of successfully serving many of our community’s most vulnerable. Agency staff across programs are skilled in strength based approaches when working with individuals and families.
ProLiteracy moved to the Near West Side in May 2012 and has since begun partnering with other local organizations in the Near West Side community. The Literacy for Social Change program was started in 2012 as a way to engage local residents in literacy-based solutions to problems they face in their lives and community. The program is funded by the Allyn Foundation.