Literacy Partners (LP) helps adult learners achieve literacy and build self-confidence. In the process of learning, students discover the extraordinariness within themselves. Three LP students did. They were public speakers at two prominent literary events: Harlem Book Fair and New York City Poetry Festival.
To this point, Anthony Tassi, LP executive director said,
We want to champion the vital importance of literacy by involving our students in and celebrating all things literary in New York City. Their recent performances at two prestigious events show what can be achieved with hard work.”
Hard work is what it takes for adult learners to realize their literacy and life goals, often while overcoming many obstacles. Darin Ricks, David Garcia, and Jackson Volmar exemplify hard workers.
Darin Ricks, 30, from Brooklyn is studying for his GED, while undergoing rehabilitation for a serious brain injury. He read his poems at the poetry festival on Governors Island this past July.
Ricks, determined to attend college and improve his career prospects, has improved his literacy and math skills from a third-grade level to a sixth-grade level since joining LP this spring. He said,
Writing poetry is good for my soul and has given me a new focus after my injury, driving me to do well in school and improve my life overall.”
David Garcia, 36, from the Bronx, also participated in the poetry festival. Originally from Puerto Rico, he has worked hard to achieve a seventh-grade level education, up from a fifth-grade level. Garcia plans to study music engineering at college. He enjoys poetry, hip hop, and martial arts.
Jackson Volmar, 30, from Harlem, read his poems at the Harlem Book Fair in July.
I was honored to have the chance to present a reading at the Harlem Book Fair, alongside famous authors and poets, in my own neighborhood. It has made me even more determined to finish school,” he said.
Volmar joined LP in January to study foundational-level reading, writing, and numeracy. He is making steady progress and aims to become a veterinarian.
LP, New York City’s only nationally accredited adult education program, has helped adults and their families realize literacy and life goals for 40 years. Tassi said, “We give our students the skills they need to be successful in their families, jobs, and communities. But beyond that, we hope to give them the gift of reading as a pleasure.”