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

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

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