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Fenway YMCA program gets literacy grant

Posted by Sara Brown  October 13, 2011 11:00 AM

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The International Learning Center at the Fenway YMCA has received a $13,500 grant from a literacy program to continue its programs for immigrants living in and around the neighborhood.

According to a press release from First Literacy, a program that funds neighborhood literacy programs, the grant will fund the International Learning Center's new computer literacy class, "Next Steps," which teaches computer and digital skills in conjunction with students' plans for education and employment.

“The purpose of the course is to develop practical technology skills among learners to increase employability, build confidence with accessing on-line employment opportunities, and strengthen students’ ability to affect change in their lives,” the program director Susan Arida said in a statement.

The International Learning Center, which offers six levels of English classes, is housed at the Huntington Avenue YMCA.

First Literacy, which was founded in 1988, has awarded $5 million in grants to adult literacy programs in the Boston area.

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