Thanks to your support, our 2018 Beyond Books- Supporting Adult Literacy in Chicagoland Awards Ceremony was a big hit!

Nearly 150 adult education supporters and practitioners like yourself gathered to honor Chancellor Juan Salgado, Luz Arteaga, Farhana Memon, and Tyrone Woods for their hard work and dedication. Together, we are building a career pathways infrastructure that allows adult learners to strengthen their skills and move out of poverty.

Whether a sponsor, donor, or an honoree, your support had a major impact on this work, and we are extremely grateful for your generosity. We couldn’t have done it without you. We will see you at next year’s event. In the meantime, check out the event photos from this year!

Award Winners

Literacy Leader Award: City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado

Chancellor Salgado has been a longtime advocate for adult learners and a champion of career pathway programming as a method for moving adults out of poverty.

“I am honored to be receiving the Literacy Leader Award from the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, an organization that City Colleges of Chicago is proud to partner with in our efforts to move adult learners with low basic literacy skills onto successful career pathways. One’s ability to read and to comprehend has a direct impact upon a person’s life, upon their education, upon their economic potential, upon their very health. The Coalition’s commitment to securing resources and training for an underserved population mirrors City Colleges’ commitment to the transformation of Chicagoans’ lives through education. I commend the dedication, perseverance, and achievements of this organization in such a brief space of time, and City Colleges of Chicago looks forward to continued partnership and success in fulfilling the Coalition’s mission.”


Shirley Jenkins Adult Education Provider Award: Luz Arteaga, Telpochcalli Community Education Project


Luz was nominated for her outstanding work as a volunteer Spanish Literacy instructor at TCEP. She developed her own curriculum using donated books as reference for her work. An ESL student herself, Luz incorporates themes from her own education to help her students transition to higher education and new career opportunities. She has helped her students increase their family engagement, achieve better work opportunities, and strengthen their literacy skills. Luz is also an advocate for adult education. We are thrilled to recognize her service to adult education and the Little Village community.


Adult Learner Award: Farhana Memon, Chinese Mutual Aid Association; Tyrone Woods, United for Better Living


Farhana enrolled in English Language classes at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association in October 2016. She has excelled since then, advancing through three grade levels and gaining enough skills to help her children with their homework. Farhana is also the current Secretary of the Parent Teacher Association at Goudy Technology Academy and has previously served as Association President. Congratulations, Farhana! Click here to watch her video nomination.





Tyrone suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to read and write. He enrolled in classes at United for Better Living at the 4th-grade reading level. Since then, he’s moved up to the 6th-grade reading level and gained digital literacy skills. We can’t wait to recognize Tyrone! Click here to watch his nomination video.




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