Who are we?
We are students, teachers, and volunteers from the Union Settlement Adult Education program. Over the past four months we have met to find solutions to the challenges the Adult Education program faces, including a growing demand for classes and a need for more effective teaching tools.
Why are we asking?
In 2009 Union Settlement offered 47 courses reaching 1,250 adult learners. Students came from across New York City to take courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages, Adult Basic Education and to study for the GED in English, Spanish and French. Unfortunately the recession resulted in budget cuts that have greatly reduced the number of classes Union Settlement, and Adult Education providers across New York City, can provide. Currently the agency can only offer 17 classes. During the last registration period more then 600 individuals came to sign up for the 300 spaces we have available.
Union Settlement has dedicated every penny of current funding to meeting the rising need for services. Many of our teachers are here as volunteers, and finding funding for even basic supplies like dry erase markers is a struggle.
Many of our students have been forced, or pushed, out of school by unavoidable circumstances. Despite the obstacles that confront them daily our students are determined to pursue their education. Becoming a student again as an adult is challenging, and we want to mirror their commitment by giving them the opportunity to improve the school for themselves and future students to come.
We are asking for your help. If you believe that adults deserve a second chance at quality education, please consider making a donation.
Where is the money going?
All of the money raised will go directly towards improving our classrooms. To bring our classrooms into the 21st century we’d spend the money on the following:
- Google Chromebook ($250)
- Screen ($116)
- Projector ($300)
- Classroom Accessories ($600)
Other Ways You Can Help.
We understand that some people just can't make a financial contribution, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
- Please help us tell our story by sharing our campaign with your friends and family via Twitter, Facebook and Youtube!
- Volunteer at Union Settlement! We have opportunities throughout our programs, from youth through senior services. Vist http://www.unionsettlement.org/volunteer for more information.
Thank you for your help.