Chamala Jordan

Chamala Jordan

Chair, South Side Literacy Council

How have the resources provided by CCLC helped SSLC members?
Having been the Chair of the SSLC for the past two years, I see firsthand how CCLC meets the need of southside providers. Whether it’s the countless professional development opportunities they offer through workshops and trainings, updates on statewide adult education advocacy efforts, granting stipends through their technology and health literacy programs, sponsoring networking opportunities like the annual holiday party, or sponsoring the SSLC’s annual “Night of 1,000 Stars,” CCLC is there to meet the need.

Our students have so many unmet needs, providers must come together to coordinate existing resources and look for outside support that can help fill in the gaps. Adult Education has had several different crises over the last couple of years, especially around funding. Providers must stand together now more than ever.

Describe Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) and your role in the organization.
LVI is a statewide organization that provides training and resources to volunteer literacy programs. I started at LVI as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in 2004; after completing my term, I became the Program Coordinator for the VOCAL AmeriCorps program.

What are you currently reading?
I am reading “Suicide is Not The Answer” by a good friend of mine named Larry Roberts Jr.

Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
I personally appreciate all that CCLC has done to help SSLC accomplish our goals. Having been around the field for awhile now, I have enjoyed watching CCLC grow from a volunteer-run organization to one that has staff and resources to enhance providers’ efforts.