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LITERACY MATTERS TO...
...Taylor Denlinger
Journeys: An Anthology of Student Writing was created 28 years ago as a thin stack of stapled pages. Today? It's a bound literary journal featuring the stories and artwork of 700 adult learners from across the entire state.

Producing Journeys is truly a team effort – involving four interns (Carter, Emily, Rachel and Taylor), two staff members and nine volunteer proofreaders.

As we prepare to send our 2017 edition to the printer, we chatted with intern Taylor Denlinger to learn more about the book and her role in its creation.
How does Taylor describe Journeys? What's been her favorite part of the production process? Listen to this 2-minute audio clip find out!
Want more?
  • Visit and like our Journeys Facebook page for a first look at a few of this year's stories (plus contests and giveaways!).
  • Join us Thursday, May 25 as we celebrate Journeys and its authors with a literary reading and reception at The Loft Literary Center. Details to follow.
          Note: Starting in 2018, we will be looking for a new venue for this event. Ideal locations include area colleges or corporate campuses. Read our venue criteria and let us know if you have connections or ideas!
3 cheers for 3 achievements!
{Our work is possible thanks to your generous support for literacy.}
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Congratulations to ESL Trainer Andrea Echelberger on being selected to present at the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference in Florida. One of Andrea's two sessions spotlights our new ESL Pull-Out Kits, designed to save time for teachers and program coordinators while maximizing the impact of their classroom volunteers.
 
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When two recent volunteer in-service workshops filled to capacity, we decided to test a new strategy: streaming the sessions on Facebook Live! Broadcasts of both Immigration 101 and The Refugee Journey can still be accessed on our Facebook page (simply click the Videos link to view).
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Pre-Beginning ESL students at Open Door Learning Center-Lake Street were recently featured on Longfellow365, a blog and community photography project that documents life in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. The papers they hold in the photo are letters students wrote and mailed to President Trump after his travel ban was announced.
Learner Spotlight
{As a donor, you change lives... like Anani's.}
"When I came to the US, I could not understand when people were speaking. It was difficult for me to speak English myself.

Since coming to this school, I can understand and speak English with Americans! I can understand my supervisor."
Originally from Togo, Anani has been taking English classes at our Open Door Learning Center-Arlington Hills since January. He likes having computer time.
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