Program Navigates Need to Spread Health Literacy and Access to Basic Needs

Eight years ago, something really great happened in Alaska. The Alaska Literacy ProgramProvidence Alaska Medical Center, and University of Alaska Anchorage collaborated to find a way to reach and address the health care needs of the immigrant and refugee community: people helping people. 

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A Picture of Perseverance

When New Readers Press was planning its 2021–22 catalog, staff members agreed that they wanted to feature a current adult learner on the cover. Meet Theresa Holden.

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Two Sisters Celebrate Passing U.S. Citizenship Test on the Same Day
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on March 19, 2021 in categoryStudent Stories categoryStories from the Field

In Madison, Wisconsin, there are two sisters from Tibet who wanted to become American citizens. 

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Entre más aprende, más empoderada se siente

Cuando Efigenia, mujer de 64 años oriunda de San Juan, México, tuvo la oportunidad de terminar su educación secundaria, también obtuvo una nueva perspectiva sobre lo que es posible para una mujer: cualquier cosa.

In San Juan, Mexico, when 64-year-old Efigenia was given the opportunity to finish her middle school education she also gained a new perspective on what is possible as a woman—anything. 

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Por qué, a los 70 años, una mujer "decidió intentar" mejorar su futuro

Hay un dicho que dice que con la experiencia llega la sabiduría. En San Juan, México, una mujer de 70 años llamada Francisca tiene la sabiduría que sólo se puede esperar de alguien de su edad, a pesar de no haber terminado su educación primaria: "Aprender a leer y escribir es como lograr ver, el significado de las palabras finalmente aparece”

There’s the saying that with age comes wisdom. In San Juan, Mexico, a 70-year-old woman named Francisca has the wisdom that can only be expected of someone her agedespite not having finished her elementary education: “Learning to write and read is like being able to see, because words start to make sense.”  


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