In Her Own Words: Dianne

December 11th, 2020|

On March 12, 2020, Literacy KC closed our doors to in-person classes. The full effects of COVID-19 surprised us all because we did not realize just how dangerous it was at that time. Our CEO, Gillian Helm, heeded to the warnings of Mayor Lucas, health officials, and news outlets by letting us know that the [...]

In Her Own Words: Isabel

November 19th, 2020|

Through strategic growth in July of 2020, Literacy KC absorbed the Don Bosco School of English and now oversees the administration of the school. Isabel joined Literacy KC during the transition and has become an integral member of our team. ”I arrived in this country from Colombia with my son Gustavo Jr in 2006. It [...]

Black Lives Matter.

June 5th, 2020|

Literacy KC joins the people of Kansas City who are heartbroken by the unjust killing of George Floyd, and the gross violation of the civil rights of so many who came before him. We support this fight for justice and have been listening and reflecting on how to be better allies.  We see the pain [...]

Literacy KC’s Response to COVID-19: An Exercise in Innovation

May 1st, 2020|

Ticket to Read & HiSET student Shirl studying at home. Literacy KC, along with our neighbors, community members, and the world, is facing uncharted waters. Five weeks ago, as we looked into the unknown, we had a choice to make: We could fold into ourselves, move into preservation mode, and hope for minimal collateral damage. [...]

Advocacy in Action

May 1st, 2020|

Advocacy is central to Literacy KC’s mission. With the onset of COVID-19 and the stay at home order, we have been searching for new ways to advocate for our students and organization. This includes expanding our efforts to legislative action. The challenges we face in this new climate become exponential for low literacy adults, who [...]

Support That Goes Both Ways

April 30th, 2020|

When the impact of COVID-19 hit our community, I quickly noticed the immediate change in how organizations approached fundraising. I watched as many nonprofits began flooding inboxes with informal e-blasts, asking for money to support their organization. And while I understand that many of these organizations had no other choice, I couldn’t help but wonder [...]

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