The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., announced that the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University New Orleans has received a congressional appropriation in the amount of $350,000. The endowment will fund a pilot program focused on creating incentives for participation in adult literacy programs. The programs that apply are ones which matter most to adult learners: getting a job or a better job, helping their own children to succeed in school, understanding health care information, and learning to read the Bible.
The Rev. William Byron, S.J., from the Board of Trustees and former interim president, and Michael Cowan, executive director for the Boggs Center, were instrumental in obtaining the congressional appropriation.
The Boggs Center is one of the national leaders in a worldwide movement away from freestanding literacy programs by creating learning opportunities for adults that respond to their self-identified aspirations and needs.
“I think the Boggs Center is a great example of Loyola’s commitment, as a university, to addressing one of the most important issues in education and justice in contemporary society,” Wildes said.