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  • TLP Library Page!

    Tompkins Learning Partners website now has a page dedicated to our library! You can access it by going to our “Resource” page and scrolling all the way to the bottom, or by using tlpartners.org/library
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  • Some Literacy Facts

    Twenty-five percent of adults who were out of the labor force were found to be at the two lowest levels on the literacy scale. Low skills costs the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in terms of workforce non-productivity, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment. Of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70 percent of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.
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  • TLP holds Annual Board Meeting

    At its January 11, 2022 Annual Meeting, Tompkins Learning Partner’s board of directors elected new board members and officers. Grace McMenamin, Gary Weissbrot and Joah Tang were elected to an initial three-year term. Returning board members completing a first or second three-year term were Carmen Blankenship, Kim Roman, Gail Salk, Rachel Testman and Renee Sawatzky The following were elected as officers for the agency’s 2022 fiscal year: President: Kim Roman Vice President: Gail Salk Secretary: Sue Lason Treasurer: Grace McMenamin
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  • Salvation Army Christmas Assistance

    CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE Salvation Army Church of Ithaca, NY It is that time again!!! Time to start thinking about Christmas!!!!!! Attached is the flyer and Christmas Assistance...
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  • TLP Office has Reopened!

    TLP reopened on October 6 but we are once again asking all tutors, students, and staff to follow TLP's Covid-19 Practices and Guideline for Students, Tutors, Other Volunteers and Staff. This is so...
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  • Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative Publishes Translated Materials

    (Ithaca, N.Y., September 23, 2021) -- The Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative has published the plans approved earlier this year by both the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County in the following...
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  • Mexican Mobile Consulate in Ithaca

    The Cornell Farmworker Program will host the Mexican Mobile Consulate in Ithaca Wednesday, October 6 from 11AM-3:30PM Thursday, October 7 from 3 PM-7:30PM Friday, October 8...
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  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

    September is a big month for literacy that includes Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and International Literacy Day. This year, AEFL Week is September 19-25, 2021. International Literacy...
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  • Ninth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition

    Every year Tompkins Learning Partners hosts the Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition. This is a major fundraiser and unique community event. Players compete individually or on teams with...
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  • Covid-19 Information in Multiple Languages from the CDC & Tompkins County Health Department

    The CDC has issued Covid-19 informational toolkits for refugees, migrants and other limited English populations. Online and print resources include guidance for large and extended families living in the same household, what to do if you are sick, how to understand your Covid-19 test results, and more. Informational handouts are available in Karen, Burmese, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Korean and many other languages. Go here for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/communication-toolkit.html Don’t forget you can also use the Tompkins County Health Department’s website to get Covid-19 updates and information: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health Informational videos on isolation and quarantine have recently been added to their […]
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  • Supporting Our Black Students, Tutors, Friends, and Community

    Tompkins Learning Partners (TLP) embraces inclusiveness, diversity, and equal opportunity as core values. We understand that our community is stronger when the gifts of all people are respected, embraced, and maximized to build a healthier community. We stand for social justice and believe that everyone is entitled to basic human and civil rights, and that literacy is a key to fully accessing our rights and freedoms. We support our black students, tutors, friends and community and unite with them in working to end racial and ethnic bias, discrimination, and systemic injustice. Go here to learn more about racism, discrimination and […]
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  • Did You Know?

    More than 36 million American adults struggle to read, write, do math, or use technology above a third grade level. A recent Program for the International Assessment of Adult Literacy (PIAAC)...
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  • Ithaca Asian American Association Launches Campaign Against Discrimination

      The Ithaca Asian American Association is encouraging all Tompkins County residents to continue practicing safe distancing while treating all individuals with kindness and respect. They have also launched a local campaign against discrimination and hate to address verbal harassment and physical assaults on Americans of Asian descent, locally and nationally, along with links to report incidents of racism and discrimination. To learn more, visit their website: https://ithacaasian.org/ (image courtesy of Think Tank creative) Tompkins Learning Partners supports our Asian and Asian American students and tutors. They are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members. There is never any justification […]
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  • Help for TLP Students and All Tompkins County Residents

    For information on where to get food, transportation help, up-to-date information on COVID-19, or help with other needs, call 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-8667). You can also get help by texting a local zip code to 898211. The Human Service Coalition has also put together a list of resources for meeting critical needs on their website: https://hsctc.org/coronavirus/ For more help finding food you can also visit: https://www.uwtc.org/tompkins-county-emergency-food-delivery-request or reach out to Mutual Aid Tompkins for food and other here: https://mutualaidtompkins.com/ or email: communityaidtompkins@gmail.com Please visit the Tompkins County Health Department’s website for more information on Covid-19, including testing sites and vaccination information: […]
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  • What Does Tompkins Learning Partners Mean to You?

    We asked students and volunteers the question, “What Does Tompkins Learning Partners Mean to You?” Here are a few of their responses: TLP is a place where I can learn at my own pace. [It’s] a place where I develop skills for self-empowerment and where learning is fun. TLP is great! Everyone helps me and especially my tutors. I feel good coming here and meeting with my tutor. When I come to TLP I feel warm. It’s like a warm shelter I can rely on. TLP makes me feel like I am connected with the real multicultural and diverse world. […]
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  • Need Help Studying for the U.S. Citizenship Exam?

    Tompkins Learning Partners tutors can help you study for the U.S. Citizenship exam. Tutors help TLP students practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing for the test. They can help you learn the U.S. Civics and History you need to know to pass also! To learn more, call us at 607-277-6442 or email: ESL at tlpartners.org
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  • Ithaca Mural Tells the Story of Refugees from Burma

    With the help of local artist Dan Burgevin, local teens designed and painted a mural at the corner of Seneca and Geneva streets depicting their families’ journeys as refugees from Burma (also known as Myanmar). The mural’s three panels tell the story of how these families escaped genocide in Burma by fleeing to refugee camps in Thailand. The idea for the mural came while the teens were on a camping retreat with the 4-H Urban Outreach and Primitive Pursuits programs. During a Diversity and Inclusion workshop, Karen and Burmese campers began talking about their experiences, and this eventually led to […]
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  • TLP Receives Grant for Homebound Instruction for Refugee/Immigrant Women

    The City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO) awarded grants to 18 projects working to improve the lives of women and girls in Tompkins County. Tompkins Learning Partners received a grant for the project- Homebound Instruction for Immigrant and Refugee Women. Helen Ranck, ESL Program Coordinator, and Joann Kowalski, ABE Program and Outreach Coordinator, were on hand to receive the check. TLP’s funding will provide materials for students who are unable to come to our office to study due to a lack of transportation or because they have health or childcare concerns. With improved English skills, our home study students will […]
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  • Support TLP using Amazon Smile

    Support Tompkins Learning Partners with your purchases from Amazon by joining Amazon Smile: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0234823 At no additional cost to you, Amazon will donate a percentage of proceeds to TLP, allowing us to purchase new learning materials and supplies for our tutors and students. Thanks for your support!
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