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Anchorage AK, 99508
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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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Jan
01
2021
Posted in ALP News.    

Due to the alert and requests from the Governor, we will no longer have "walk in" hours at ALP or COVID support.

 

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... ]


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
Posted in ALP News.    

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
Posted in ALP News.    

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... ]




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