Monday, June 27, 2011

HELP! LIFT needs Learning Center Computers

Unbelievable! Several of LIFT's Learning Center computers that have been limping along have finally died. Please help us with a donation of 5 desktops computers for our adult learners to use for GED Direct and other practice programs.

Call me and I'll come pick them up myself.

Lisa Hembry, 214-824-2000 x 222

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Did u know?

According to the website

The US high school graduation rate is now 19th in the world! (40 years ago, we were #1).

65% of US convicts are high school dropouts. Lack of education is one of the strongest predictors of criminal activity.

More than a quarter of all US high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school in four years.

Let's change these stats. We have to Do Something!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

OMG, the costs of illiteracy!

McGraw-Hill Research Foundation ( released results of a recent policy policy study on the return on investment of adult education. Among the findings:
Texas has over 3,000,000 adults (18 - 64 years of age) in our state who do not have a high school diploma. The result of this failure of our education system is 'overwhelming', according to the report.

"If these adults possessed a diploma or GED, their annual net fiscal contribution to national, state and local governments would increase by $13.5 BILLION. If they attended college, the ANNUAL net fiscal contribution would increase by another $10.6 BILLION.

We need LIFT and organizations like LIFT to grow and to serve more people. Otherwise, the effect on our state is going to be devastating.

United Way Metropolitan Dallas

LIFT is so grateful for the continued support of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. This year LIFT will receive $367,195 for Adult Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language training. LIFT is fully on-board to help achieve United Way's massive community-wide goals of bringing 250,000 people in our area permanently out of poverty; to increase the number of high school graduates that go on to higher education by 50%; and to improve the healthy habits of our community.

Learning how to read certainly fits into each on of these categories.

Working together as a community of service providers and concerned citizens, we will far exceed these lofty goals by the year 2020.

Give generously to United Way through your company or individually.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Night Center Manager - Part-Time Position

2121 Main Street, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75201

Learning Center Manager (Evening)
Job Description (part-time position)

The Learning Center Manager reports to the Director of Programs and share the overall administration of student affairs including: interviews, assessment, goal setting, enrollment, orientation, class assignment, scheduling, recordkeeping, retention support, conducting progress reviews and monitoring progress throughout students’ tenure at LIFT.

¨ Recruits adult learners and meets with prospective students for interview (goal setting, assessment, enrollment) and orientation.
¨ Monitors student progress through each program with pre- and post tests, goal evaluations, and individual success stories. Reassigns class when appropriate.
¨ Encourages students’ success with recognition of achievement and promotes retention and intervention as necessary.
¨ Schedules new and continuing classes by coordinating classrooms with optimum number of students and, working with staff, the availability of trained volunteer teachers.
¨ Maintains accurate records for students, classes and schedules.
¨ Determines eligibility for bus pass scholarship in a student interview.
¨ Maintains adequate supply of and accounting for, class materials, student books, and bus passes.
¨ Refers students to available resources, e.g. child care, social services, educational opportunities.
¨ Explains LIFT services to potential students, agency representatives, collaborative partners, etc.
¨ Attends and participates in all staff and program meetings.
¨ Supports and participates in fund raising activities as requested.
¨ Other duties as assigned.

¨ Strong organizational skills with attention to details.
¨ Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
¨ Excellent people skills.
¨ Oral and written communication skills including telephone and common office software.
¨ Degree preferred.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Angels fluttered their wings and gold dust landed on LIFT

LIFT is so very fortunate to have Angels that love what we do!

One of our volunteer teachers anonymously donated $10,000 to LIFT last week to buy new GED books!

Yesterday the Tincy and Vance Miller Family donated $19,000 to LIFT from the proceeds of the Vance C. Miller, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament.

All that gold dust is making me giddy! Thank you LIFT Angels for supporting our adult learners and our community by offering the gift of reading to those that need it most.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

KERA and LIFT...did you know...

KERA, Dallas' public television station and LIFT share the same birth year....1961! And, KERA had 'live' reading classes for adults taught by the women of the National Council of Jewish Women who founded LIFT. Pat Peiser, one of LIFT's founding NCJW members, remembers the morning and afternoon classes where anybody with a television could tune in to take reading classes. As a history buff, I just love recognizing these connections. Happy 50th Birthday KERA. Happy 50th Birthday LIFT. Two fantastic educational institutions still serving the North Texas community. Lisa Hembry

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Half Price Books - Literacy Champion!!!

Every LIFT Volunteer Teacher who attends our annual Appreciation Brunch this year will get a special gift from Half Price Books! RSVP today at Looking forward to seeing you Saturday, April 16th from 10 am until Noon at St. Monica's Family Center. There will be door prizes too including a Kindle (gift of Nancy Schulze and Chapman, Hext and Co.), designer necklace from Tibbets Beadia and lots more. Be there square. Have a great day. Lisa

Monday, April 4, 2011

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

LIFT has the most wonderful volunteers on the planet. And, Dallas-Fort Worth is one of most giving communities in the world. We will celebrate the work of our volunteer instructors on Saturday, April 16th from 10am until noon at St. Monica's Family Center. If you are or have been a LIFT volunteer, we hope you'll join us but be sure to let us know you're coming. RSVP Aren't we lucky to be here! Take a moment today to thank someone you know who volunteers their time, energy and/or resources to make this world a better place. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that is a life-changing experience for the giver and the receiver, please consider volunteering for LIFT. Thank you, Lisa Hembry

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If learning to read is something you need...

If learning to read is something you need

Change your life and take the lead.

Learning to read will raise you up!!!

Don't be afraid, don't give up!!!

Come to LIFT and learn to read.

If you try hard, you will succeed!!!

This is the poem our Tues/Thurs TSR3 class created tonight. It was truly a team effort by the students and they were really proud of their work! Raymond, Margie, Bradley and Nicky. Thanks so much! Moe (Submitted by LIFT volunteer teacher Maureen Moe Porter). Well, here they are! Great poets from LIFT's Texas Scottish Rite 3 class, Tuesday night, March 29, 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

If You Can Read This...

From the March issue of AARP on line

"There's a bumper sticker that says, "If you can read this, you are too darn close." Imagine if you couldn't read that sticker - or anything else.

ProLiteracy Worldwide, an adult literacy advocacy group, estimates that 30 million Americans over age 16 don't read well enough to fill out a job application. But federal and state cutbacks make funding an issue for literacy programs. "As organizations try to serve more learners with fewer dollars, the assistance volunteers provide in working with adult learners and performing other tasks can be the difference between surviving or not", says ProLiteracy's Barry Benson."

Federal and state education budget cuts will be deep this funding cycle. Adult and Family literacy programs may not receive any funding. Call/email/write your legislator TODAY to ensure that these critical programs receive funding so that Texas can continue to be competitive with a qualified workforce. Meanwhile, consider becoming a LIFT volunteer teacher! Call Kathy at 214-824-2000 x 232 to find out how.

Lisa Hembry

Thursday, March 17, 2011

LIFT Celebrates the Best Volunteers on the Planet & Elsewhere

LIFT will celebrate our incredibly wonderful volunteer teachers, board members and others at a special event on Saturday, April 16th from 10am until Noon at St. Monica Cathedral Church, 9933 Midway Road. LIFT has English as a Second Language classes at St. Monica, Monday through Thursday evenings. So, we're especially grateful to the church for hosting our Annual Volunteer Appreciation event again this year.

Already, we have a Kindle donated as a door prize. If you have a gift of love that you can share with LIFT to celebrate our fantastic volunteers, please call me. 214-824-2000 x 222.

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ingram Micro, LLC donates laptops to LIFT

An ANGEL from Ingram Micro, LLC in Carrollton sent an email to Melissa Gray, LIFT's daytime Learning Center Manager this morning offering 5 IBM Thinkpads!!! She said the company wanted to donate the laptops for educational use. Of course, we responded immediately accepting the donation.

The amazing thing is that Rudy Murillo, LIFT's IT Manager, told me recently that we were desperately in need of 4 new computers. I put a sticky on my computer to remind myself everyday to put that on our Wish List. Someone at Ingram Micro heard our plea and added another one for good measure (even though I never got around to put an urgent request on our web site).

Thank you Debra at Ingram are LIFT's Angel of the Day. We appreciate you.

If there are any other laptops or desktop computers floating around out there in the ether, just call us and we'll give you a good home helping adults learn to read.

Literacy Instruction for Texas
Celebrating 50 Years Teaching Adults To Read

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Skip Hollandsworth to Keynote Champions of Literacy Luncheon

Texas Monthly Magazine Executive Editor and award-winning investigative journalist Skip Hollandsworth will bring his wit and humor to Dallas for LIFT's annual Champions of Literacy Luncheon. The event will be Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11:30 am at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Since it's our 50th Year Teaching Adults to Read, we will honor 50 Champions of Literacy on our website and in the program.

Put this event on your calendar today because it's sure to be a sellout! (Plus you might even get your photo in TM).


Monday, March 7, 2011

Many thanks to the 14 community volunteers and 2 United Way staff that visited LIFT last week for the United Way Metropolitan Dallas "Job Skills Panel" site visit and proposal review. They were interested, engaged and most of all...(since they came to LIFT right after lunch)...they stayed awake! That was probably because our Director of Programs, Cheryl Parker, had so many interactive reading activities for them. She kept their physical energy going and had them doing intense mental gymnastics as well. But, they were also came prepared and committed to do a thorough job.

Thanks to LIFT volunteer teachers John Norfleet, Stella Via, and Alice Neufeld and LIFT students Jessie Allen, Robert Bailey and Myriam Drake for sharing their experiences with the UWMD Job Skills Panel. LIFT board members Richard Mauldin from Texas Capital Bank and Barbara Walker from Verizon took time from their busy schedules to help us tell the LIFT success story.

Most of all thanks to our great in-house LIFT Team for doing anything and everything to ensure that the site visit ran like a well-oiled machine.

Thanks everybody! And, thank God it's over! We'll find out in about 6 weeks if United Way will include LIFT in its United 2020 Community Impact Team. Hope so.


Monday, February 28, 2011

Celebrating 50 Years Teaching Adults to Read

LIFT will celebrate its 50 Years of Teaching Adults to Read with events every month this year. This month we invite you to enjoy a day of golf at Prestonwood Country Club on Monday, March 28th. The Vance C. Miller, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament benefits LIFT and the SMU Classical Guitar Scholarship. Look on our website under Events for more information.

Happy Birthday LIFT

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Join LIFT at Community Fairs & Events!

LIFT celebrates 50 Years Teaching Adults to Read! Meet us at the community events listed below.

Metropolitan Dallas Literacy Coalition Forum
United Way Metropolitan Dallas
1800 N. Lamar
Dallas, Texas 75202
Thursday, February 24
9 am - Noon
Join the discussion with adult literacy providers and educators.

The Child Care Group Oak Cliff
115 S. Marsalis
Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, February 23
3:00Pm – 4:00PM

2) The Child Care Group Anderson
625 Avenue B
Garland , Texas
Thursday, February 24
3:00PM – 5:00PM

3) KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program)
3200 Lancaster, Suite 230-A
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, March 12
1:00PM – 4:00PM

Hope to see you there.
Lisa & LIFT Team

Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy 50th Anniversary LIFT!

Happy Golden Anniversary! Literacy Instruction for Texas
Celebrating 50 Years of Teaching Adults to Read!

Join the Celebration!

LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas) is celebrating our 50th anniversary with a year of community events and you are invited! Founded in 1961 by the National Council of Jewish Women (Dallas Section), LIFT enhances lives and strengthens communities by raising the adult literacy rate in Texas.

Monthly Events

Join the celebration by attending, supporting, and volunteering for several signature events, including:

January --The Celebration Begins!

February 5 --GED Teacher Roundtable
Center for Community Cooperation

February 16 --Literacy: A Deterrent to Crime.
Dallas County Juvenile Department

February 24 --Literacy Coalition Forum
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

March --Annual Golf Tournament

April LIFT Celebrates National Volunteer
Month: We love LIFT volunteers!

May --Celebrity Readings - Various locations

June 5 --Our doors opened on this date in 1961!
Let's Celebrate!

July --Reading and Freedom go hand in hand!

August 1st --Annual LIFT Book Sale

September --"50 Champions of Literacy" Luncheon
LIFT celebrates National Literacy Month

October --State Fair of Texas celebrates Literacy Day

November --LIFT celebrates Veterans with one-act
play performances

December --LIFT Holiday Events!

More to come!

Sign up today to receive updates and learn more about these events.

Lisa Hembry
Literacy Instruction for Texas