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Life and Literacy Lessons From Cook County Jail

Since February, I’ve been involved with a literacy project that has become one of my most rewarding yet. The location? Cook County Jail. My students? The female inmates of Division 17. It all started with a class of just three women. During my first few weeks, I was brought in under the impression that I… Read more

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National Volunteer Week – April 21-26

It’s National Volunteer Week! As a volunteer, I feel compelled to write a few words about how rewarding and gratifying it is to invest my time in trying to make a difference. As a tutor at Literacy Chicago, I have had the privilege of teaching countless people how to read, working to help them better their… Read more

2013 Literacy Chicago’s Volunteer of the Year Award

I am humbled to announce that Literacy Chicago has named me the recipient of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. Even more humbling is the fact that my colleagues selected me to receive this honor. I’ll be presented this award on Friday, May 10 at the Willis Tower SkyDeck as part of “The Well-Read Affair,”… Read more

Keynote Speaker at the 22nd Annual Tutor & Adult Learner Conference

Recently I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Tutor & Adult Learners Conference held on the University of Illinois Chicago campus. I discussed the importance of realizing that adult illiteracy is not just a statistic—there are people living in our neighborhoods and parents of children in our schools who… Read more

Literacy Chicago Donation Release

 Contact: Susan Stoga/Andrea Schnorr | 847.884.0000  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   MARCH INTO LITERACY MONTH:  LOCAL AUTHOR DONATING BOOK PROCEEDS TO LITERACY CHICAGO DURING MARCH “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age” Chronicles Author’s Volunteer Experience at Literacy Chicago CHICAGO (March XX, 2013) – In honor of March into Literacy Month,… Read more

Book Press Release

Contact: Susan Stoga/Andrea Schnorr | 847.884.0000 For Immediate Release   “HOT DOGS & HAMBURGERS: UNLOCKING LIFE’S POTENTIAL BY INSPIRING LITERACY AT ANY AGE” EXAMINES ADULT LITERACY AND INSPIRES LEARNING FOR ALL AGES  CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2013) – Chicago native and attorney Rob Shindler’s journey to help his son overcome a major reading deficiency through volunteering to… Read more