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Alaska Literacy Program
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Anchorage AK, 99508
(907) 337-1981
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Apr
05
2021
Posted in ALP News.    

Covid-19 Peer Leader Navigators can help you find information or apply for assistance.

Three ways to contact Covid-19 PLNs:

1. Call 907-290-3639

2. Email AnchoragePLNs@gmail.com

3. Fill out this form: muni.org/CPLN

Covid-19 PLN Office Hours by appointment Monday - Friday.  [Read More... ]


Apr
13
2021
Posted in ALP News.    

Anchorage Health Department will host a vaccination day at ALP on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The available vaccine is the Moderna vaccine.
 
Clinic appointments slots are available 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 
 
Please help register anyone who is eligible within your community: https://myhealth.alaska.gov/reg/7517296010 
 
Individuals can call the PLN hotline for assistance in registering: 907-290-3639
 
There is no cost. Individuals must be 18 years of age. 
 
Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not available at this time. If you would like to cancel or reschedule your appointment, check your email from the Anchorage Health Department.



Dear Neighbors,
 
As we start to receive our COVID stimulus payments, please consider donating all or part of it to the Peer Leader Navigator Client Emergency Fund if you find yourself not needing the extra support. Money in this fund goes directly to Anchorage families served by ALP’s Peer Leader Navigator program, who don’t qualify for stimulus payments and whose immediate needs aren’t being met through any existing programs.
 
The Peer Leader Navigator (PLN) Program was started in 2013 with the mission to break down barriers to healthcare and increase access to important public health information for underrepresented communities in Anchorage. This need has only grown since the pandemic.
 
Through the PLN Client Emergency Fund, families working with PLNs can receive up to $500 to cover one-time urgent needs. The most common requests are to cover utility bills and transportation costs like gas and bus passes, internet and phone service, and necessities for children like winter clothes. Each request is reviewed by a group of PLNs, who also follow up with families receiving funds to connect them with longer-term solutions like job training and financial literacy programs as needed.
 
The PLN program has served more than 1,300 people in Anchorage since September 2020.
 
Thank you for supporting and strengthening our community.
 
Sincerely,
Amanda Dale & Meneka Thiru
ALP Board Members
 
 

Oct
13
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

COVID-19 PLNs are highlighted in the local news for supporting community members who need help applying for assistance related to COVID-19.

https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2020/10/14/new-program-helps-non-english-speakers-apply-for-covid-19-benefits/  [Read More... ]



Sep
14
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

Greetings, ALP Friends

I am announcing my retirement from Alaska Literacy Program effective September 30, 2020. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve such a life changing organization.  Each day brings new ideas and new challenges that hone our commitment to changing lives through literacy.  My early days at ALP began in 1980 as a tutor, teaching English in homes of families from around the world. My children grew up with my students’ children, together finding common ground in play. I found this work and play so rewarding that I never stopped learning or grew tired of it. What happens now?  I am not sure.  I hope to travel, spend time with family and grandchildren, learn new skills and explore purposeful endeavors.

As executive director, I extend my warmest thanks to partners and friends who have helped me grow in my leadership role.   As a trainer, I thank the hundreds of volunteers whose contributions make ALP a community of learning in a safe and welcoming environment. As a teacher, I thank the thousands of students from across the globe who taught me how to embrace differences and celebrate life together with kindness.

It is with unreserved pleasure that I welcome Lori Pickett, my longtime friend and coworker, as ALP’s new executive director. Lori’s passion for the mission and people along with her deep knowledge and her wide range of skills will ensure her leadership will succeed and ALP will thrive.  She starts on October 1, 2020.

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Apr
01
2021
Posted in ALP News.    

ALP Office Hours:

Monday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Anchorage residents can ask for assistance from the Covid-19 Peer Leader Navigator program by visiting muni.org/CPLN, leave a voicemail or text at 907-290-3639, or email anchorageplns@gmail.com.  [Read More... ]



Aug
20
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

Learn more about Peer Leader Navigators at AnchoragePLNs.org


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... ]



Sep
01
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

 

Dec
31
2020
Posted in ALP News.    

Thank you for joining us in 2020 for a great year of Trivia Nights!

Check out our page of this year's winners: https://sites.google.com/alaskaliteracyprogram.org/trivia/home  [Read More... ]




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