May 4: Forum on “Philanthropy, Literacy, and Youth Development”

April 13th, 2017

A Literacy Forum on Philanthropy, Literacy, and Youth Development will be held Thursday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. (program begins at 4:30).  Hosting the event will be the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, 2319 Whitney Ave #2B, Hamden, CT.

As part of a Literacy Forum series, the discussion will feature panelists:

   Carlton Highsmith  Entrepreneur, Executive, Philanthropist; Founding Chair, ConnCAT; Director at boards including the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

   Laura McCargar  President, Perrin Family Foundation

   Jessica Sager  Co-Founder and CEO, All Our Kin

Moderator: Lee Cruz, Community Outreach Director, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Admission is free, with light refreshments provided, but seating is limited.  Please register:

Sponsors of the May 4 Forum are the NewAlliance Foundation and Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven.

The invitation below is courtesy of Marcum LLP, which donated professional design and printing services.

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Benefits for Public Library, Literacy Volunteers, New Haven Reads

February 26th, 2017

At least three important local organizations have benefit events approaching.

February 28 brings the annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for the New Haven Public Library, at its main branch downtown.

March 30 will see major events for two organizations:

     Literacy Volunteers of Greater Haven will hold its annual Scrabble challenge, at Hopkins School.

     New Haven Reads will celebrate its 15th anniversary at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library.

Neighbors across the region are invited to join in supporting these worthy causes!

Mentoring, in January and Beyond

January 3rd, 2017

With President Obama’s latest proclamation of National Mentoring Month, the occasion is underway for 2017 — with My Brother’s Keeper a way that Barack Obama himself will continue to promote mentoring around the country.

As January 2016 and other prior posts have noted, mentoring — like literacy — happens in a variety of settings, on a daily basis.

Still, the month and an annual National Mentoring Summit (this year technically February 1-3 in Washington, DC) offer opportunities to raise awareness and expertise around this cause.

According to the event’s website, “The theme for the 2017 National Mentoring Summit is ‘Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.’  The National Mentoring Summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country.”

Resources range from to the National Mentoring Partnership, from the Connecticut Mentoring Partnership to New Haven’s Citywide Youth Coalition and LiteracyEveryday.

Taking Action for Literacy, Every Day

December 10th, 2016

As the name of this website suggests, literacy affects lives every day.

The site includes a list of news and events around literacy, not only locally but beyond.

As 2017 approaches, among the events is National Literacy Action Week, in February.  This special week is an occasion to call attention to what students, educators, parents, neighbors, taxpayers, and citizens can do year-round to advance learning.

Volunteering, donating, informing, voting, mobilizing — there are many ways to take action to improve educational opportunities for people of all ages.

News, Video: “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy — in School and Beyond”

October 20th, 2016

The New Haven Independent published an article about the September 29 forum, “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy — in School and Beyond.”

The Connecticut Network video-taped the program, now available online.

The event, which — for example — was promoted (in English and Spanish) from the New Haven Public Schools to the Public Library, reflected a collaboration among the school district, the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS), and the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, at

A version of the article also appears at Medium.


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