Educational Institutions

Literacy Assistance Center

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.lacnyc.org

Mission Statement

The Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is a non-profit professional development and technical assistance organization dedicated to building the capacity and improving the quality of adult literacy and out-of-school youth programs. Since 1983, the LAC has been working to strengthen and expand the Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers and programs that serve New York's most educationally disadvantaged and economically marginalized communities.

Nationally, there are more than 36 million adults who lack basic reading, writing and math skills. In New York City alone, there are more than 2.2 million adults who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, English language proficiency or both. At the LAC, we envision a future in which every immigrant, every parent, and every adult in this country has the full range of knowledge and skills they need to secure employment, achieve economic security, access quality health care, support their children in their schooling, and actively participate in the civic life of their communities.

Main Programs

  1. Programs and Services
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

New York City and New York State - Tri-State Area

ruling year

1988

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Ira Yankwitt

Keywords

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literacy, adult literacy, family literacy, instructional technology, health literacy, out-of-school youth, education, adult education, ESL, ESOL, high school equivalency

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Also Known As

LAC

EIN

13-3179618

 Number

7865327211

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Programs and Services

The Literacy Assistance Center (www.lacnyc.org) provides core training and ongoing professional development to new and experienced adult educators. We provide adult literacy programs with critical technical assistance, including on-site coaching, curriculum design, data support, and guidance on policy implementation. The LAC convenes networks of stakeholders, and serves as an informational resource for policy makers, funders, and advocates. In addition, the LAC provides training and program development services to organizations that have an interest in adults' and out-of-school youths' reading writing, oral communication, numeracy, and English language skills. Our areas of expertise include:

- Standards-based reading, writing, math and science instruction for adults and out-of-school youth
- Teaching English to immigrant adults, including those with limited literacy in their native languages
- Contextualized curriculum and instruction
- Spanish high school equivalency instruction
- Digital literacy and Instructional technology
- Adult language, literacy and high school equivalency assessment
- Incorporating language and basic skills development into occupational education programs
- Using data to inform programmatic and instructional decision-making

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

New York City and New York State - Tri-State Area

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LITERACY ASSISTANCE CENTER, INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Literacy Assistance Center

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Executive Director

Mr. Ira Yankwitt

BIO

Ira Yankwitt has worked in the field of adult literacy education since 1993. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center, Ira served as the Executive Director of Program Initiatives for the New York City Department of Education's Office of Adult and Continuing Education, where he oversaw curriculum, instruction and professional development for a citywide program that serves over 30,000 adult students annually. Ira has taught high school equivalency, managed a community-based adult literacy program, and trained teachers and program administrators. He holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Elizabeth Horton

National Council for Research on Women

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