The mission of the Indo-American Center’s Literacy Program is to facilitate services in which quality and equitable educational instruction centered on the community needs is accessible to all people in adjustment, integration, self-sufficiency, and mobilization through the acquisition of the English language.
Student-athletes are taught media literacy essentials to guide them in a better understanding of their media use and how they are represented in the media, so that they can lead by positive example. They become ambassadors of iSpeakMedia.
Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. Following the author’s presentation, the author speaks separately with parents, sharing inspirations, challenges, and their writing and publishing process. Authors personally sign their books for the families in attendance after the workshops.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide a critical intervention into an oppressive system that gives incarcerated people little or no access to books. By sending books free of charge to incarcerated women nationwide, we offer the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.
Currently we send books to women in state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all Federal prisons and Cook County Jail. In 2016 we mailed 3,901 packages of books and blank journals to women in prison around the country—9,700 or so books in all and 591 blank journals.
CMAA’s Adult Education Program provides education free of charge to adult immigrants and refugees in order to equip them with the skills they need to succeed and engage as more active members in society. Program offerings include several levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, civics classes, computer literacy classes, and workshops on personal financial management. Individual tutoring is also available. The Adult Education Program coordinates its services with CMAA’s Citizenship & Immigration and Employment Services/Workforce Development programs.