Monday, June 27, 2011
Call me and I'll come pick them up myself.
Lisa Hembry, 214-824-2000 x 222
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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
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
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
"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.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
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
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 Micro...you 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
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
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
Happy Birthday LIFT
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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
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
Saturday, March 12
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Hope to see you there.
Lisa & LIFT Team
Monday, January 31, 2011
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.
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!
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
December --LIFT Holiday Events!
More to come!
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Literacy Instruction for Texas