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ProLiteracy/LiteracyCNY Launch New Program to Prepare for New High School Equivalency Test

In preparation for changes to the high school equivalency test that went into effect this year, ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, in partnership with LiteracyCNY, has launched a new program to create a corps of trained volunteers to provide individualized support for local underserved high school-aged youth.

Previously, the GED was the only high school equivalency (HSE) available across the nation. In 2014, the GED test underwent significant changes, and some states adopted other HSE tests. New York adopted the (Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which is administered by CTB/McGraw-Hill.

The new “Buddy Up” program launched by ProLiteracy and LiteracyCNY will recruit and train 15-20 volunteer tutors. These tutors will be buddied up with 225 low-income, underserved Syracuse young adults who are enrolled in pre-HSE or HSE instruction at the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center who require and who require individualized help.

“AT&T is proud to support ProLiteracy’s innovative tutoring program aimed at improving youth reading levels among Syracuse’s most vulnerable students,” says Marissa Shorenstein, New York State president, AT&T. “AT&T is committed to investing in the future success of our youth by partnering with community organizations like ProLiteracy which provide the tools and support needed for our students to achieve high school success leading to higher education and the skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The Buddy Up program will help students during the spring, summer, and fall 2014 sessions. At a later date, ProLiteracy will look to expand Buddy Up to its network of more than 1,000 member organizations locally and nationally.

This Buddy Up program is made possible through generous support from AT&T.

For more information about the program, contact Marsha Tait, executive director, at or (315) 471-1300.


About LiteracyCNY
Formerly Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse, LiteracyCNY provides adults in the Central New York community with the literacy tools and skills that they need to be contributing, productive, and engaged members of the community. We do this by advocating for adult education, providing instruction, and partnering with other community based agencies. Improving adult literacy makes our community stronger.


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