Pace picked to lead summer walking tour of successful literacy efforts in Chinatown, Lower East Side

Pace University has been competitively chosen to present a program explaining ways to increase literacy in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan that will take place during the world’s largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.

Contacts: Chris Cory, Pace, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Ashley Etienne, Corporation for National and Community Service, 202-606-6944, aetienne@cns.gov

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Photo: Pace sophomore and CVM AmeriCorps member Miki Tamura working with a class of beginner English students at the Chinese American Planning Council. 300 DPI version available

Pace picked to lead summer walking tour of successful literacy efforts in Chinatown and Lower East Side

Chinese American Planning Council, Jumpstart for Young Children, Community and Volunteer Mobilization AmeriCorps program, Our Lady of Sorrows will help host attendees at world’s largest conference on volunteering and service

New York, NY, April 5, 2010 — Pace University has been competitively chosen to present a program explaining ways to increase literacy in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan that will take place during the world’s largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.

The gathering is this summer’s annual National Conference on Volunteering and Service, being held this year in New York City.

Pace students serving as AmeriCorps members in these neighborhoods will conduct a walking tour of community literacy programs during the conference, which will take place from June 28 to 30.

The conference is expected to draw more than 6,000 participants, who will hear speeches by Arne Duncan, the Obama administration’s Secretary of Education, Aaron S. Williams, the director of the Peace Corps, and Harris Wofford, an early Peace Corps executive who later served as a US Senator.

Challenge of immigration

Conferees who come to neighborhoods near Pace’s downtown Manhattan campus will learn about the importance of the area’s social history and its literacy needs, as well as how the University’s Community and Volunteer Mobilization (CVM) and Jumpstart for Young Children programs integrate students and volunteers into literacy initiatives.

The group will tour organizations in Chinatown and the Lower East Side with which Pace partners, including the Chinese American Planning Council and Our Lady of Sorrows School.

About 80 Pace students each year learn while serving in both Jumpstart and CVM AmeriCorps, engaging the community in literacy and education initiatives for children and adults.

“New York City remains a magnet for immigration and literacy is a perennial challenge,” said Kathryn Casey Quigley, Program Director of CVM AmeriCorps.

“Our community partners, students and staff members have learned a lot about what works. We think it’s important to share these lessons. At the same time, we’ll explore the social history of these storied communities — and be sure to find a great restaurant.”

Both AmeriCorps programs are based at Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, in its Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences.

Notables likely to attend

More information about the community programs is available by contacting LunYan Tom, the Site Manager for Jumpstart at Pace, 212-346-1874 or ltom@pace.edu.

The national conference is convened by the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and locally by NYC Service and New Yorkers Volunteer. Last year’s conference, held in San Francisco, was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California First Lady Maria Shriver, Matthew McConaughey, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Arianna Huffington and Jon Bon Jovi. A similar roster is expected this year.

About Pace University

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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About CVM AmeriCorps

CVM AmeriCorps offers individuals the opportunity to address literacy and education issues in the Lower Manhattan and Chinatown communities. AmeriCorps members commit to one year of service at schools, and community-based and non-profit organizations.

About Jumpstart for Young Children

Jumpstart knows that every child is born with the potential to succeed in school and in life. We also know that the foundation for that success is established in the early years, before a child enters kindergarten. To cultivate a child’s literacy, language and social skills, Jumpstart brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children in low-income communities for year-long, individualized tutoring and mentoring. Since its beginning in 1993, Jumpstart has empowered adult mentors to impact over 75,000 children across America. During this school year, nearly 300 trained Jumpstart college student Corps members are spending over 75,000 hours at 27 preschools with 1,100 NYC preschool children, preparing them for school and life-long success.

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