Washtenaw County Literacy Coalition: Learning is a Family Thing

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Presentation by Vanessa Mayesky at the Health Sciences Libraries 'Health Literacy Forum' October 22, 2009

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Washtenaw County Literacy Coalition: Learning is a Family Thing

  1. 1. Learning is a Family Thing<br />Vanessa Mayesky<br />Washtenaw County Literacy Coalition<br />
  2. 2. Washtenaw County Literacy Coalition (WCLC)<br />Formed in 2007<br />Over 30 organizations<br />Mission: End Illiteracy in Washtenaw County<br />
  3. 3. Blueprint to End Illiteracy<br />Create a comprehensive system of literacy services<br />Address both literacy skills acquisition and application<br />
  4. 4. Learning is a Family Thing<br />First programming project of WCLC<br />Two-hour interactive sessions for families<br />Four sessions, five sites<br />Funded by United Way of Washtenaw County<br />
  5. 5. Five Sites<br />Ann Arbor District Library<br />Community Church of God (Ypsilanti)<br />Faith in Action (Chelsea)<br />Jewish Family Services<br />Ypsilanti District Library<br />
  6. 6. Four Sessions<br />Reading Together<br />Dollars & Sense<br />Workplace Skills<br />Healthy Families<br />
  7. 7. Healthy Families<br />Three concurrent sessions for children and adults.<br />Health-related activities for pre-K.<br />Healthy snack provided.<br />
  8. 8.
  9. 9. Adult Sessions<br />Ask Me 3<br />Nutrition<br />What to do When Your Child Gets Sick<br />
  10. 10. Youth Sessions<br />Nutrition (extended session)<br />Physical Activity<br />
  11. 11. Pre-K Activities<br />Make & Take Placemat<br />Body outline<br />Health-related stories and games<br />
  12. 12. Giveaways<br />Referral information for Public Health, WIC, tutoring services, other resources<br />Gift card giveaway<br />Reference book, pedometer, placemat<br />Children’s books<br />
  13. 13. Results<br />400 individuals (all LIFT sessions)<br />Positive evaluations<br />Enhanced working relationships between coalition members<br />
  14. 14. Next Steps<br />LIFT planning team meets this fall<br />Project complete by June 2010<br />
  15. 15. Want to Help?<br />Planning team<br />Presenter<br />Host a session<br />Contact Vanessa Mayesky:<br />mayesky@washtenawliteracy.org<br />

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