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 improving the quality of adult literacy services.

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 adults.

At the Literacy Assistance Center we aim for 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

New York

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

ruling year

1988

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Ira Yankwitt

Keywords

Self-reported

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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EIN

13-3179618

 Number

7865327211

Also Known As

LAC

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.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Programs and Services

The LAC provides core training and ongoing professional development to new and experienced adult educators. We provide program leaders with guidance on policy implementation, data analysis, and on-site technical assistance. The LAC convenes networks of stakeholders and serves as an informational resource for policy makers, funders, and advocates. In addition, the LAC provides training, curriculum design and program development services to a variety of organizations that have an interest in adults' reading, writing, oral communication, and numeracy skills.

Last year, over 1,000 instructors and program administrators participated in LAC forums, workshops and courses held at our training center at 39 Broadway in Manhattan.

Our current initiatives include:

The New York City Regional Adult Education Network (NYC RAEN), which provides professional development workshops and technical assistance to instructors and program managers in state-funded adult education programs; the LAC Academy, which offers academically rigorous, fee-based certificate programs for current and prospective adult literacy educators, in topics such as Teaching English to Adults and High School Equivalency Instruction; and the Adult Student Information Systems and Technical Support (ASISTS), which serves as the statewide data collection and outcome reporting system for adult literacy programs in New York State. The LAC also offers customized training, on-site coaching and consulting, curriculum development, and data support services for organizations that offer, or are considering offering, adult education classes.

Our staff has spent years in the field witnessing the power of adult literacy education to transform lives. Our expertise includes program development and curriculum design in standards-based reading, writing, and math instruction; health literacy; family literacy civics education; digital literacy; and the incorporation of language and basic skills development into occupational education programs.


Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$2,262,124.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

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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