International Mother Language Day

  Introduced by UNESCO in November 1999, International Mother Language Day aims to promote appreciation and conservation of languages around the world. The holiday was first observed in February 2000 and continues to be observed annually, encouraging people from across the globe to celebrate their cultural and linguistic differences. For 2017, UNESCO has adopted the theme “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education,” emphasizing the importance of education in multiple languages. As defined by UNESCO, multilingual education offers opportunit...

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A Statement from our Executive Director

I am reaching out today in light of the executive order on immigration issued Jan. 27 to bar entry into the United States from certain countries. The Nashville Adult Literacy Council exists for every adult seeking to improve reading, writing and English skills, regardless of race, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation or political affiliation. NALC is a safe place for all people to learn and grow. We will continue to open our doors to everyone. We are committed to supporting our students, volunteers and staff. I am reminded of a story my brother-in-law ...

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Learner & Tutor Banquet 2016

We want to thank everyone who attended this year's Learner & Tutor Banquet to celebrate the successes and achievements of 2016 with us. Special congratulations to all of our award recipients and special thanks to everyone who continues to support NALC.

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Meet Kim, our new Executive Director

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council is excited to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Kim Karesh. Originally from Indiana, Kim moved to Nashville nearly 20 years ago. She has since passionately served the community in the fields of education, environment and healthcare. She brings a unique and comprehensive background to NALC, having worked for the media, government and corporations. Kim began her career as a reporter for WLAC-AM and quickly moved into public service as a communications director for the State of Tennessee. About ten years ...

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International Literacy Day: How You Can Make A Difference Right Here In Nashville

Today marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. Fifty years ago, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities, and societies. This year, UNESCO is celebrating under the banner "Reading the Past, Writing the Future", celebrating five decades of advancement in national and international literacy engagement and progress in increasing literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to ...

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It’s back to school season, and not just for kids!

Around this time of year, plenty of stores in Nashville – such as Target or Office Depot – are clearing out their back-to-school inventory. This is a great opportunity for you to donate some essential teaching supplies to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council at a low cost! Just head over to your nearest retail outlet, pick up some of the needed items listed below, and drop them off at our West Nashville or our Antioch offices. Simple! We’ll be sure to offer you a big smile and a heartfelt “thank you” in return. What We Need Pens and Pencils Spiral-Bound ...

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Learner Stories: A Letter To The President

"When people don't understand, I can't say nothing." When NALC learner Sandra’s daughter wrote to President Obama, she didn’t think she would receive a reply. Sandra’s daughter, Karen, takes a keen interest in world affairs, especially for a 13 year old. “She is always checking the news on her phone. We were in the park when she saw the news about the attacks in Paris.” Upset and worried about what would happen next, Karen felt she had to speak up. She wrote a letter to President Obama explaining her concerns, and expressing her worries about avoiding ...

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Trivia Night Raises Over $3,400 for the NALC

Last night, the Nashville Adult Literacy Council held its annual Trivia Night. The event was a huge success, with over 100 people turning out to raise over $3,400 for the NALC. We'd like to thank everyone who turned out and competed. Your support means we can keep helping adults in our community to read and succeed. Special thanks to our trivia hosts, Trivia Time!, and to our venue, the Crows Nest. Special thanks also go to Bongo Java, Hattie B's Hot Chicken, Black Abbey Brewery, and Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt for providing some excellent prizes. All ...

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Trivia Night

The NALC's annual Trivia Night is back! Every year we invite you to join us for a night of facts, figures, and fundraising in support of our mission to help the 1 in 8 adults in Nashville who can’t read. This year we’ll be at the Crows Nest in Green Hills on Thursday, June 23. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Teams compete in groups of up to six people. You can register as a team, or you can sign up as an individual and we'll match you to a team on the night. Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds going to support the Nashville Adult Literacy Council. ...

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NALC Receives EVE Certification

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council has been re-certified with the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) designation by Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management

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