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Alaska Literacy Program
1345 Rudakof Circle Suite #104
Anchorage AK, 99508
(907) 337-1981
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Jul
20
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

 

July 9, 2020

Dear Amazing ALP Community,

We want to start this letter with a big heartfelt thank you to everyone. Your dedication, flexibility, and passion for the work that ALP does have allowed us to move to non-in-person classes at an impressive speed. We are excited to celebrate the completion of our first summer session, where more than 14 volunteers provided direct online instruction to 40+ students and distance education to an additional 20+ students. We maintained regular contact with students and volunteers that were not able to move to online program delivery. We received emergency COVID-19 funding and amended budgets to get a technology lending library filled with laptops, headsets, and hotspots. We are currently in the process of preparing for our first virtual training of new volunteers. All of these changes happened in less than three months only because of all of you!

It took a lot of effort to make the transition to online learning and we cannot express our gratitude enough to everyone who has come with us. The volunteers who have been exceedingly patient with us as they learned so many new computer skills. The ALP staff that has worked harder and more creatively than ever before. The Board of Directors who have provided ongoing leadership throughout this transition. And the students, who are facing significant challenges of technology access, the burdens of direct service jobs, and accessibility to childcare.

ALP's current funding is stable, and we feel incredibly grateful that we were less severely impacted than many other nonprofits. However, we do have some challenges facing us with unrestricted funds, which helps us pay for utilities, repairs, and supplies. These unrestricted funds will also help with the costs of reopening our building and the increased need for supplies to keep everyone safe and healthy. We have already canceled BizBee, and our Scrabble event is most likely not far behind. We have waived all student tuition and materials fees and have developed a technology lending library to keep classes accessible. We enjoy some fundraising success with our virtual trivia nights, but we face a significant gap in general funds. If you find that you are fortunate and can make a donation or increase your regular donation, please consider ALP.

As we look forward to Fall, we are working hard to find a way to have a limited number of in-person classes while continuing to offer online courses. What we do know about starting up in-person classes is that ALP will not look and feel like it has in the past. Here are our proposed changes. We will make very specific efforts to keep everyone safe by having single points of entry and exit for each class, having mask and distance requirements, increased cleaning procedures, discontinuing coffee, tea, and water service, and limiting the freedom to move around the building to visit with others. We have already purchased specialized shields designed for speech therapists and the hard of hearing community for our volunteers and staff to allow for more effective teaching and communication. We are balancing the undeniable desire of students, volunteers, and staff to have the in-person community come together and everyone's safety. Any plans we carefully craft are subject to change based on Municipal and State Requirements.

We take our mission of changing lives through literacy very seriously. No matter who you are in our community, when we come together at ALP, we make meaningful human connections, and all of our lives are changed through the work of literacy. We share our stories, food, cultural practices, world views, and traumas. The pandemic and national attention on systematic racism have laid bare the discrepancies that exist for so many marginalized communities. At ALP, we are unique at a time of such division to have the opportunity to develop compassion and empathy for each other.

May you all stay safe and continue the meaningful work of changing lives through literacy.

With immense amounts of gratitude,

DeeAnn Apgar                                     Polly Smith                              Lori Pickett

Board of Directors, President             Executive Director                   Deputy Director  [Read More... ]


Jun
30
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

Alaska Literacy Program is seeking experienced, motivated board members to join the Board of Directors for a 3-year term.  ALP is specifically interested in potential board members with experience in non-profit leadership or fundraising. If interested, please download this application, and return to ecreely@hotmail.com

 


Jun
02
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

Please join us for ALP Trivia Night via Zoom on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 - 8 pm. 

The recommended donation is $10 per person.

Register yourself at https://sites.google.com/alaskaliteracyprogram.org/trivia/home  [Read More... ]


Apr
02
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

You count! Make sure that you complete your U.S. Census 2020 questionnaire: https://my2020census.gov/

 

Learn more about Alaska's self-response rate.  [Read More... ]



Dec
30
2019
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It is with gratitude that we announce the generous contribution of $46,500 from the Lynn E. Lewis 2008 Trust. Lynn was a former staff member of ALP.  [Read More... ]


Jun
03
2019
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Read about the wonderful work the Peer Leader Navigators in the Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative are doing in our community!

https://alaska.providence.org/news/2019/06/pln  [Read More... ]



Nov
08
2019
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Thank you to everyone who supported ALP at Mayor's Charity Ball!

Learn more about the Mayor's Charity Ball at https://mayorscharity.org/  [Read More... ]


Jun
27
2019
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We are proud to participate in the Anchorage Skilled Immigrant Integration Partnership, hosted by WES Global Talent Bridge, through our work with Providence and health careers training. Linda Shepard, Providence; Shannon Kuhn, Anchorage Health Department; Nyabony Gat, Alaska Health Education and Careers; and Polly Smith, ALP attended the recent conference in Toronto. 

https://www.wes.org/partners/gtb-blog/toronto-signature-event-features-communities-partners-working-together/

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UPDATE: Please join us tonight, Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30 for this public forum.

In partnership with the Alaska Literacy Program, join Social Work Students from University of Alaska Anchorage as we host a discussion and Public Forum on ways in which we can improve student success for English as a Second Language Students in our community!

This event is open to Alaska Literacy Program Students, Staff, Volunteers, Instructors, Community members and partners!

Light Refreshments will be provided as we discuss the ways in which we can support the success of our community members!

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
At the Mountain View Community Center
315 Price Street, Anchorage  [Read More... ]


Aug
02
2018
Posted in ALP News.    

ALP is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the Board of Directors: Jim Anderson, DeeAnn Apgar, and Emily Creely. The Board provides leadership for carrying out ALP's mission of changing lives through literacy. 

ALP also welcomes Rosario Ramirez, who has accepted the position of Family Literacy Educator. ALP's IMPACT Family Literacy program works with preschool children and their caregivers to implement best practices in early childhood education and multigenerational support.

Thank you to everyone for your dedication to our community!  [Read More... ]




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