May 2019: Literacyworks in the News


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We are proud that another of our students is moving on to a four-year-college. Lorenzo graduated in January. He recently came to a Literacyworks Center student workshop to show off his new Sonoma State ID card. He is entering SSU as a math major.

“I am really happy with the program, very grateful for what the program has done for me for the last three years. I really like that the program focuses on people that want to continue on with their education and that Literacyworks makes it very easy to get in the program. One suggestion I would say is that the program should be extended to the university. Thanks, Literacyworks.”

Literacyworks Nominated for 100 Sonoma People Who Care Event

At 100 Sonoma People Who Care events, community members donate $100 to spend an evening learning about FIVE local non-profits and selecting one to receive a financial gift of $10K +. 100 Sonoma is particularly interested in raising awareness of smaller non-profits and community service programs whose important work is in need of funding.

Literacyworks is one of the five nominees.

For more information and registration for the MAY 22 EVENT, go to:

What: Fourth Annual 100 Sonoma - Petaluma event
When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Glenn Ranch Petaluma

Literacyworks Center Update: Chris Schultz

During a recent one-to-one interview, a long time member of the program was sharing her deep frustration in not being able to pass the math test on the GED (high school equivalency). This is the last test before she completes the GED and can move on with her education. She talked about how hard it has been to learn math, but how determined she is to succeed. She is a hard working mother of five who wants to show her children how important education is. We ended the session with suggestions and best wishes on the test which was scheduled for the following Friday. I was at a gathering in the evening on Friday and received a text, which I didn’t read until later that night. It read: “Hi, good evening. I wanted to share the great news with you. I passed my math test for my GED. I am beyond proud of myself, and my kids are too.”

A young man, new to the program and new to college, has been attending the fire academy at Santa Rosa Junior College. He is the single father of a four-year-old son. He attends classes every weekday for six hours and then drives to another town and works in a restaurant until 1:30 AM in the morning. I recently called him to invite him to a workshop we were offering. With a soft, but confident voice, he informed me that he completed the fire training and would be graduating in a few days. He added that he is committed to continuing and will get an EMT certification in the fall.


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May 10, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Copperfield’s Books Petaluma Store 140 Kentucky Street Petaluma
McNamee’s book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe is The New York Times bestseller about a noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who wakes up to the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society - and sets out to try to stop it. 

He has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. His most recent fund, Elevation, included U2’s Bono as a co-founder. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Roger plays bass and guitar in the bands Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System. He has served as a technical advisor for seasons two through five of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” series and was also responsible for raising the money that created the Wikimedia Foundation.


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