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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Literacy Chicago's newsletter! We are thrilled to bring you exciting news about recent and upcoming work, events, and classes from our organization, as well as literary and literacy news from Chicago and beyond. Consider sharing this newsletter with a friend and help us in our mission today. If you need any of our educational services please feel free to reach out to talk with us about how Literacy Chicago might be able to serve you, your organization, or your community at

Richard Dominguez
Executive Director, Literacy Chicago
Voices of Literacy Features Ann Patchett, Lois Lowry and Partners with Open Books for Door Prizes
In adapting to a virtual pandemic life, Literacy Chicago has launched a new literary happy hour featuring thought-provoking and diverse read-alouds from authors and Chicago public figures like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, writers Ann Patchett, Lois Lowry, and Johnson Chong, journalists Melba Lara and Diane Rehm, and many others. Tickets are donation-based and all proceeds are supporting the organization’s mission during this challenging time. Our next event will be June 30! Reserve your place today.
Literacy Chicago & Revolution Workshop Partner To Offer Construction Training
Develop a career in the carpentry field or in other trade skills like drywalling and electrical, which can open doors to many opportunities as you transition into employment. Applications for workshops are open to anyone 18-40 years old. The FREE workshop is ideal for youth looking for a path to stable employment. Out of 140 student participants that Literacy Chicago has worked with over four years, 92 percent have earned jobs. Pair this construction course with contextualized math or reading comprehension tutoring, specific to construction and carpentry, available FREE. Also available are evening G.E.D. classes, great for those who do not have a high school diploma and want to join a trade union. Sign up today! New classes start every 12 to 14 weeks. 
What's On Your Shelf? Summer Reading Recommendations
Literacy Chicago is here to help you add to your TBR pile with our summer reading picks! Tell us what YOU are reading by emailing and get a chance to receive a free autographed book. Here are some of our favorites to check out this summer:
Success Story: CTA Partners With Literacy Chicago
Literacy Chicago has been partnering with the Chicago Transit Authority since December to provide digital literacy instruction for their Second Chance Program trainees. “CTA’s Second Chance program is a nationally recognized program that provides valuable job skills and career opportunities to Chicago residents who often face challenges re-entering the workforce,” according to Literacy Chicago's volunteer instructors have focused on teaching email and basic internet skills and using Northstar Digital Assessments to assess student levels. Students then receive certificates as proof of their knowledge and skills. More than 40 participants have gained skills so far. Literacy Chicago is continuing to develop this effective and impactful partnership. If your staff could benefit from specialized instruction, contact us today!
This Newsletter Is Volunteer-Powered!
Send your questions or comments to our editors, c/o Literacy Chicago:
Literacy Chicago Associate Board Member Nic Lyons
Literacy Chicago Program Associate, Americorps Volunteer Patricia McClendon
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