Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Literacy Creates a Sustainable Community

This month’s cover story spotlights local literacy pioneer Ruth Colvin who is set to celebrate a milestone birthday. During a Birthday of a Century — set for Nov. 18 – Colvin’s work for the past 55 years to increase adult literacy will be celebrated along with establishing an endowment in her name to keep her local legacy going. Money raised ... Read More »

Moments In Time

High-school students learn from professional photography coaches in rigorous workshop Two Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central media seniors, Zau N-Hkum and Gabe Theiner, successfully completed The Fall Workshop held last month at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The Fall Workshop is a rigorously scheduled photography and video workshop that runs for four days. Young photography students ... Read More »

Digital Expression

14 young students displayed their artwork at Syracuse University The Link Gallery at Syracuse University’s Warehouse recently displayed the artistic work and creativity of 14 young people who had been enrolled in a summer program at the Southwest Community Center. Equipped with cameras, armed with Photoshop techniques and determined to write about their experiences, the adolescents had worked with Syracuse ... Read More »

‘They Call Me Mom’

Life skills taught at South Side Communication Center’s after-school program The South Side Communication Center is much more than a safe place for middle-school and high-school students to gather after the school day ends. The center — which opened in January 2011 through a partnership with the Southside Community Coalition, South Side Initiative Office of Syracuse University and Home HeadQuarters ... Read More »

Q&A with Dashawn Fair

Nominated by South Side writer and actress Tammy Reese Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Adrenaline. Then responsibility. The maturity side is the sacrifices of your own freedom for the greater good of your child. Working when you know you have to because it’s no longer just for yourself. Q: What can you share ... Read More »


I pray this email finds you in good health. The purpose of this correspondence is to express a few issues I take with the article recently published (“Surviving Trauma,” October 2016). I feel that it is important to clarify that the crisis plan implemented at Dr. King was the result of what was gathered from participants’ overwhelming response on what ... Read More »

Boosting Adult Literacy

Local agency helps grow readers with one-on-one tutoring With a mission to not only teach adults who can’t read how to read, but to help non-English speakers learn the language, LiteracyCNY works to strengthen the community by increasing adults’ proficiency skills. With a wait list averaging 85-100 deep, this local agency — which is the legacy holder of literacy pioneer ... Read More »

Birthday of a Century

Literacy pioneer’s 100th birthday celebration to fundraise for adult literacy Read More »

Observations from an English Language Learners Class

“Seriously, I’m not lying to you,” adult literacy instructor for LiteracyCNY Kevin Lucas said repeatedly to his English Language Learners (ELL) class. He was trying to explain the punctuation to end a sentence is known as a period. “Online and websites — that’s a dot.” LiteracyCNY enrolled more than 450 students last year. Funding is provided by a mix of ... Read More »