Posted:29 January 2019
Author: Cheryl Lovstrom, Community Learning Network
For those of you who work in Family Literacy, the name ABC Life Literacy will be very familiar. These are the folks who promote Family Literacy Day across Canada every January 27th. In fact, 2019 was the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day. This year’s theme was “Take 20” and you can find everything from activity ideas, to media resources and public service announcement videos on their FLD page: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy.
What you might not know, is ABC Life Literacy Canada also provides adult literacy tools and resources. They have developed resources in several different areas, including financial and workplace literacy. Even better? All of their resources are written in plain language for learners at a foundational level (PIAAC level 2, which is approximately grades 6-8).
The CLN team recently met with Allison Nichol Longtin, ABC Life Literacy’s Senior Coordinator for Western & Northern Canada. She shared information about two of their adult literacy programs with us: Money Matters and UP Skills for Work.
Money Matters: https://abcmoneymatters.ca/
Money Matters is a series of financial literacy workshops, written and designed with the adult learner in mind. Materials include:
Money Matters materials are adaptable to suit learners’ needs, and are delivered free of charge directly to your organization. Host sites can choose to deliver the materials in house, or coordinate with a TD volunteer facilitator at no charge.
Their three financial literacy programs are:
UP! Skills for Work: https://upskillsforwork.ca/
UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. UP Skills features “grab and go” curriculum that is easy to deliver in house and adaptable to suit learner’s needs.
Workbooks are currently available for:
Like Money Matters, UP Skills for Work materials are delivered free of charge directly to your organization.
The best part? Host CALPs receive an honourarium for each workshop they deliver!
To learn more about either of these programs, and how you can deliver them in your community, contact Allison directly:
Allison Nichol Longtin
Senior Programs Coordinator, Western & Northern Canada
ABC Life Literacy Canada
(416) 218-0010 x 125
We are also happy to announce that Allison will be presenting at Symposium this year. Look for her sessions - Up Skills for Work for the practitioners: ABC’s free soft skills-focused workplace literacy program explained, and Money Matters for the practitioners: ABC’s free financial literacy program explained, when you register. She will also be doing a session at Meet-the-Expert.
Cheryl Lovstrom, CLN
Central Regional Support Staff