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Dorchester adult-education programs receive literacy grants

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 14, 2011 12:29 PM

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First Literacy, the Boston-based literacy advocate group, has awarded grants to four Dorchester adult education programs: Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) Perkins Community Center, Haitian Multi-Service Center, Mujeres Unidas en Acción, and St. Mark Community Education Program.

"We fill the gap when public funding isn't enough," said Skye Morrison Kramer, chief executive officer of First Literacy.

Kramer explained that $39,500 was set aside in the organization's $239,000 grant budget for this year for the programs.

“First Literacy’s support has been crucial to our program. Without it, many students would not have been able to attend classes. In fact, most of our students are low income and cannot afford to pay for babysitting services,” Michael Farma, director of the Perkins Community Center, said in a statement.

First Literacy, which was founded in 1988, has awarded 375 higher education scholarships to literacy program graduates and $5 million in grants to adult literacy programs in Greater Boston.

Email Patrick Rosso, patrick.d.rosso@gmail.com. Follow him @PDRosso.

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