LITERACY NEW YORK INC

Advancing Adult Literacy in NY since 1974

aka LNY   |   Cheektowaga, NY   |  literacynewyork.org

Mission

We increase the effectiveness of adult literacy practitioners and the capacity of programs so that adults, families, and communities reach their full potential. Our role-- We: Build the organizational capacity of adult literacy organizations by sharing expertise about funding and data management Offer state-of-the-art training for teachers, administrators, and volunteer tutors Advocate for adult literacy programs, particularly those that serve students with the most limited literacy skills and English language proficiency Our vision: In New York State and beyond, innovative adult literacy programs collaborate to meet the literacy needs of adult students in their communities.

Ruling year info

1977

Principal Officer

Kathy Houghton

Main address

303 Cayuga Rd. Suite 180

Cheektowaga, NY 14225 USA

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Formerly known as

Literacy Volunteers of New York State

EIN

16-6171654

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

State Technical Assistance Center (STAC)

Literacy New York was awarded the Rest of State (ROS) State Technical Assistance Center (STAC) grant in 2020 for five years of funding.
This NYS Education Department funding underwrites technical assistance and support for a group of locally-based literacy providers in community and college settings across New York State.
The majority of these programs employ the use of volunteers in their programming, and LNY specializes in offering management and training tools for this cohort.

 Program Data Support: LNY monitors program data for all 35 local sites, providing monthly reviews and targeted “action steps” via email to each agency, each month, helping them to meet their Adult Literacy Education (ALE) contract deliverables.

LNY offers periodic webinars to the ALE funded cohort with the NYS Director of Accountability, covering all aspects of our NYS Reporting System (NYRS) responsibilities. LNY also meets with the NYS Education Department periodically to review program data. LNY works closely with programs
placed in corrective action by NYSED, offering technical assistance.

 Program Support in the use of Volunteers/Teachers: LNY supports all ROS ALE funded programs with online tutor/teacher training in multiple content areas, under the Intake to Outcomes (I2O) umbrella.
LNY’s online I2O suite of workshops is extensive (Reading Basics; Language Basics; Math Basics; Numeracy; Employability Soft Skills; Successful Tutoring; Reading Skills and Concepts; Successful remote Tutoring, Citizenship Coach; Board of Directors training). LNY
supports all aspects of the online training, from enrolling potential tutors, monitoring progress, and answering technical and content questions.
LNY also supports programs with volunteer management, offering promising practices in volunteer recruitment and retention.

 Literacy Coordinator Training: LNY offers online training to all new program staff via the I2O online training platform that covers the “nuts and bolts” of local program management: data collection and reporting; tutor and
teacher training; adult learner support.

 Program Support for local Boards of Directors/Grants Management: LNY acts as a resource to local program boards, assisting them in understanding the NYS Education Department requirements of their Adult Literacy Education grants. LNY also provides technical assistance around
grant submission, amendments, annual budgets, filings, etc.

 LNY @ White Eagle Conference: LNY holds an annual gathering of programs at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY. The conference focus is capacity building, and activities and workshops reflect that focus each year.

LNY's goal is to ensure that ALE-funded programs implement sound volunteer and financial management practices, and provide quality instruction that will offer
learners, tutors, and instructors the greatest chance for success.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Literacy New York is funded by the NYS Education Department to operate two Regional Adult Education Networks (RAENs) - one in Western New York (WNY RAEN) and the other in the Capital Region of the state (Capital North RAEN.

 The goal of the RAEN system is to provide research-based professional development resources to improve the skills of adult education practitioners and the quality of the adult education, family literacy and workforce development programs funded by NYSED.

 RAENs provide professional development to school and BOCES based adult education providers conforming to the National Reporting Systems (NRS) accountability system. Professional development is provided in: accountability, network building, digital literacy and distance learning,
Learning to Achieve, Literacy Zones, and assessment to improve practitioner's skills in order to meet or exceed statewide benchmarks on core indicators

 RAENs serve as a complement to the capacity building services that Literacy New York delivers to community based literacy providers. RAENs work directly with staff of these organizations, ensuring that all staff have the
highest quality training and certification available, resulting in expert adult literacy practitioners.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Intake to Outcomes (I2O) is Literacy New York's online training platform and houses volunteer and staff training created specifically for literacy programs. For programs that use volunteer tutors, I2O builds capacity, equipping them to offer tutor training "on demand", as potential volunteers connect with local literacy providers. Workshops are asynchronous, so tutors can complete them on their own schedules. They are facilitated by experienced LNY trainers, and help is just an "ask" button away for participants should they have questions or issues. I2O has allowed for consistency and quality in tutor training, regardless of the site-- all tutors in the system are getting evidence-based, current information and strategies around serving adult Basic Literacy and English Language learners. LNY also offers staff training on the I2O platform, which lets directors connect new hires with valuable information right away.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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LITERACY NEW YORK INC

Board of directors
as of 3/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Dailey

Elizabeth Dailey

Onondaga Co. Public Library

Marsha Tait

Literacy CNY

John Eberle

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Cecilia Brock

Literacy Northern NY

Debbie Mickle

Onondaga County Health Department

Joseph Campbell

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES

Patricia Rajala

Literacy Solutions

Kelli Johnson

The Reading League

Mary Darling

Darling Tree Farm

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes