38% of New Yorkers are foreign born. (2000 Cenus)

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation

Manhattan

NMIC is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 to serve the Washington Heights and Inwood communities. Their mission is to provide resources and support to our community's poorest residents, empowering them to secure economic stability and to be active participants in their community.

New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy


Adult literacy levels in New York City rank consistently below the national average, primarily because of the large number of foreign-born residents (47 percent) who speak a language other than English in their homes. Despite the estimated 1.5 million adults in New York City who need literacy-building services, government-funded English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and adult literacy programs can only serve 62,000 individuals at any given time. UNH is leading the effort to establish a comprehensive adult literacy system through our work with the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), which asserts that being able to read and write, learn English, obtain a GED, and enter training and post secondary education are the rights of every New Yorker and the cornerstone to an equitable and just society. UNH supports NYCCAL by developing advocacy strategies and working with NYCCAL’s members to plan and carry out these strategies.

Visit the NYCCAL website and Facebook page to learn more.

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