Monday, January 29, 2018

Vietnam: Getting Out with our Lives

What do you know about 
the ending of the Vietnam conflict? 

For example, which president 

brought our troops home? 

President Ford

President Nixon



Meet Col. Hess, a former POW. Hear his story. 

I'm Ray Wright. I'm a history buff. 

Learn more on 2/8/18 at 2PM at Literacy Action Center.

(3595 S Main Street, SSL - in the basement of SL County Housing Authority)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Beguiling Charm

October 31 found our Tuesday afternoon group writing a story. Want to read the results? Read below.


Beguiling Charm

One spooky afternoon, Black Thunder landed her massive spaceship in the middle of a dozen tombstones. All she heard was dead silence, but what she saw as she raised the hatch brought her up short and terrified her to the bone.

A figure loomed, or was it just a shadow, between two extravagantly chiseled granite mausoleums encircled like a macabre portal by bouquets of black, thorned, funeral roses and a murder of crows.

“Holy Zeus,” she exclaimed breathlessly. Anxiously, she murmured, “What are you?”

“A friend,” it said, “and what are you?”

"A friend, huh!” she said with extreme relief.


We'd love to hear your reaction. 

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Will you join us?

Join us for 

We host a benefit only once each year. This year it is on Thursday, Sept. 7 2017, at Trolley Square from 6-9 PM. 

Author Camron Wright, author of The Orphan Keeper or The Rent Collector, has graciously agreed to come and tell us the story behind his books. And, I can tell you from talking with Camron that those stories are as good as the stories in his books. 

Perhaps, you (and your friends) have read one or both of his books. If not, then this evening may give you reasons to read them.

You can help us in several ways with this event.

1) Come. If you are available on September 7, join us. Learn more the two intriguing worlds described in these books. Your ticket contribution and your silent auction bids will help another adult in our community raise his/her reading, writing, & math skills. 

2) Share. Whether you can come or not, share information about our event with your friends. Get them to come with you (or without you) to this event. This benefit is a great time for a book group to hear Camron.

3) Invite. Buy a ticket for someone else to attend our event. Let them learn more about the books and about the work we do in our community. 

For $60, you get to hear Camron and meet Taj (from The Orphan Keeper), participate in a silent auction, plus be part of helping another adult in our community raise his/her reading, writing, & math skills. 

​What a win-win opportunity!

You will join us, won't you?

Deb Young
Literacy Action Center


Get tickets by one of these methods:

1) mailing your check to Literacy Action Center, 3595 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 with a postmark by 9/5/17 for $60/person. 

2) ordering tickets through Eventbrite ($60 + handling through 9/5/17 or $75 after 9/5/17) at 

3) calling 801/265-9081 to reserve your tickets at the door (pay $60 each) when you get there on Thursday, 9/7/17. 

Note: Tickets at the door without reservations (and starting 9/6/17 on Eventbrite) will be $75/person. No refunds. All contributions (tickets & auctions) will be used to teach English-speaking adults reading, writing, and math. ===========

With your support, functionally-illiterate, English-speaking adults are becoming skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, writers, and mathematicians, who are career-minded and tech savvy! We are the only nonprofit organization that focuses on these adults living in Salt Lake County & Davis County in Utah.

Friday, August 25, 2017

An Evening of Intrigue with...

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

Have you lived in a dump? A real dump. A place where your existence depends on you picking through other people's debris to curb your hunger pains, put a roof over your head, and get your son well?

What would you do to get your family out of the Stung Meanchey dump?

Sang Ly knows.

Find out more as Camron tells us about the intrigue wrapped around this story at the Benefit for Literacy Action Center.

An Evening of Intrigue with...

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Ever been kidnapped or separated from your family -- by lies, by years, by oceans?

You have vague memories. You're told your family doesn't want you.

Who helps you find them?

And, what if the man who sold you to the orphanage may be your future father-in-law? 

Taj knows.

Find out more as Camron tells us about the intrigue wrapped around this story at the Benefit for Literacy Action Center.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

An Evening of Intrigue

A Benefit for Literacy Action Center

proudly presents

An Evening of 

Intrigue with...

Camron Wright

Date:  Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: Trolley Square (South Entrance Rm D-116)

Park in 600 South parking lot. Use south entrance. D-116 is next to the clothing store called Sparks, on east side of building.

Evening Features

Silent & Live Auctions

Author Camron Wright

Reading & Discussion

Friends Welcome!

Music: John Hiller, Guitarist
Auction: Donations by Local Contributors
Vintage China & Linens: Blue Bird Vintage Rentals

Chat with Camron. Meet Taj.
Join us for a contribution of 
$60/person postmarked by 9/1/17 or 
buy tickets today through Eventbrite,  
or $75/person at the door. 

Can't come? Help us anyway. 
Send a donation.
Send checks to Literacy Action Center, 3595 S Main Street, Salt Lake City UT 84115

Questions? Call Deb at 801/265-9081

Your support helps another functionally-illiterate English-speaking adult transform into a skilled, passionate, habitual, critical reader, writer, & mathematician, who is career-minded and tech savvy.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Arts Festival & Community Writing Center

Writers sharing their stories at 2016 Utah Arts Festival.

Five of us read to a crowded room last June at the Utah Arts Festival. 

For one of us, this community reading was a first.

The community listening to us were writers from other writing groups from across the city. These writers told us stories and recited poetry. These writers kept us glued to our seats, listening with anticipation.

Our five writers were no exceptions. 
  • Trudy drew us into her relationship with a treasured friend - her cat, Bobcat. 
  • Sarah took us through a series of snapshots of conversations and situations within a small community. 
  • Tyson described the circumstance around Abe Lincoln knifing James Buchanan in self-defense. 
  • Betsy shared her fantasy into Squeekamerica, where a creature wears his moods on his skin. 
  • Deb explained her view of how social media should be integrated into an organization.

This June, more of us will be reading our latest stories 
at the Utah Arts Festival on Friday, June 23 at 6:30 PM. 

You will join us this year, won't you? 

With your ticket to the festival, you can get a front row seat. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Law: Rights & Careers

Our day in court.

Law continues to be an area of fascination for our group.
For years, we have read and discussed 

Landmark Supreme Court cases.

This past fall our focus was on the system itself and our rights given to us by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. For example, how does the U.S. Constitution set the stage for our behaviors? What are Miranda Rights? (Where'd they come from?)

We explored simple court cases, while looking through the eyes of the police, lawyers, and judges. Our exploration of these questions led us to several unique opportunities. During this unit, we chatted with a judge, attorneys, police officer, probation officer, clerk, and bailiffs. We learned about their work tasks, educational preparation, and potential salaries.

Carol reviewed our day in court.
We visited Judge Thomas' courtroom in South Salt Lake Justice Court. Judge Thomas explained each person's job and function needed to run a court room effectively. 

Judge Thomas also explained what happens to each arrested person. We watched a series of individuals go through these different proceedings: 
  • arraignment, 
  • pretrial conference (pleas of guilty, not guilty, or no content), 
  • trial (finding of guilt or innocence via jury or bench trial), and 
  • sentencing. 

We were all surprised by how closely the judge kept reviewing each individual's rights, trying to ensure that each person was aware of consequences and possibilities afforded them by the U.S. Constitution. 

Tim shows us his gear.
Tim Cottrell, an Adult Probation & Parole Officer, came to our center to explain his job - what happens when people enter APP - and show us his gear. He also told us about related careers and qualifications. 

Bottom line, we learned a lot about our rights as citizens and career opportunities.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


State-sponsored Professional Development

In 2015-2016. Deb and Apina participated in a 9-session Adult Education Math Institute and Summer Conference 2016, both sponsored by Utah State Board of Education (USBE).

In the fall of 2016, Betsy, Travis, and Deb participated in the first state-offered adult education CCRS (College-Career Readiness Standards) workshops.

This spring, we participated in the SIP (Standards-in-Practice) Training which was also focused on CCRS. Debbie, Carol, Kathy, and Deb attended 2 full-day workshops, 3 webinars, and produced 4 college/career-related lesson plans.

Last week, Paul, Ashley, Mike, and Deb attended Summer Conference 2017, a two-day conference jam-packed with college-career information plus many other possibilities.

Why do we go?

Literacy Action Center is not your ordinary adult literacy organization. We see ourselves as a part of the bigger picture of delivering quality adult literacy education and instruction to a specific group of adults who struggle with literacy issues. Without intervention or support, these adults are barred access to further education.

As such, we are part of a feeder system, moving these adults on to high school diplomas or a GED, trade school, or community college. We also raise knowledge, skills, and abilities so learners can gain confidence to keep or pursue employment. And, we help them help their families members and engage in community activities.

While we don't have all the answers, we do know how to struggle with these issues and engage our learners in helping us make the best decisions to help them.
Interesting fact. We are the only community-based adult literacy organization in Utah that has attended all of these trainings. This means, we are the only Utah adult literacy program to use these interactions and opportunities to figure out how to best implement these changes as we simultaneously focus on the needs and difficulties of the adults we serve.

Please participate in our journey. 
Follow us and give input. 
Your engagement is always welcome.

CCRS Implementation Phase II

Jeff & Sara engage us in CCRS.

From January to May 2017, Debbie, Carol, Kathy, and Deb participated in Phase II of the CCR Standards-in-Practice Training. Our goal was to better integrate CCRS (College-Career Readiness Standards) into our everyday instruction. And, beef up our career-related instruction.


Jeff Fantine and Sara Gutting facilitated this instruction. Both individuals were experienced adult educators who had previously incorporated CCRS into their instructional practices.


Jeff & Sara's goal for Phase II was to make CCRS a habit of mind. We, along with fourteen other adult educators, were challenged to become so attuned to the content and structure of CCRS that we could easily incorporate these standards into any instruction. To prove our agility, we were to create a single lesson plan and then build the single plan into an entire unit.

This training included:

  • January 17 - pre-webinar on understanding and breaking down the standards; 
  • February 7-8 - two-day face-to-face training focused on:

            Aligning Existing Lessons to Anchors
            Incorporating Instructional Shifts and Relevant Resources
            Creating and Teaching Standards-based Lessons
  • March 22 - webinar about sharing lessons; and 
  • May 3 - webinar about units of instruction and next steps.


We examined the standards, shared ideas, wrote plans, and implemented CCRS-oriented instruction. See our Composition of our Neighborhood lesson to judge how we did. Here's the CCRS (College-Career Readiness Standards) for a bigger pictures of what we're supposed to include in our lessons.