YWCA’s Family Literacy Center graduation celebrates student’s success

The YWCA Family Literacy Center's 2017 graduation at Trevecca Nazarene University. June 10, 2017. Photo by Pat Casey Daley

The YWCA Family Literacy Center’s 2017 graduation at Trevecca Nazarene University. June 10, 2017. (Photo by Pat Casey Daley)

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s Family Literacy Center (FLC) celebrated the success of 65 students on June 10. The women and men were recognized at an official graduation ceremony for the FLC’s Adult Education program on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. The graduates overcame numerous challenges, including language barriers, to successfully pass the HiSET (formerly GED), and earn their High School Equivalency Diplomas.

The YWCA has offered adult education classes for more than a decade. Students graduating from the program represent the fabric of the Nashville community and hail from numerous countries, including Sri Lanka, Kenya, Albania, and Guyana. Guest speaker and longtime WSMV-TV sports and news personality Rudy Kalis shared his immigrant beginnings with the graduates and their families. He urged them to make a difference in this life.

Nearly 100,000 adults in Metro Nashville do not have a high school diploma. The Nashville Adult Literacy Council reports that 20% of adults in Davidson County are functionally illiterate. Individuals who pass the HiSET and earn a High School Equivalency Diploma can receive higher wages, better job opportunities, and access to higher education.

“Each and every one of you has overcome challenges and beaten tremendous odds,” YWCA President/CEO Sharon K. Roberson told the new graduates. “Your future is bright, and you are building a legacy of learning and education for yourself and your families.”

The YWCA’s Family Literacy Center offers high quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive family-centered programming to help families break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy.

The FLC focuses on community-based early childhood education, parent-child learning time, parenting education, adult literacy, career services and continuing education support for families.

The adult education classes are offered six times a week throughout Nashville, including the YWCA main office in Green Hills, Southeast Nashville Public Library in Antioch, and the Hispanic Family Foundation on Nolensville Pike. To learn more, call 1-615-269-2299.

FLC is supported through generous funders, including Dollar General Literacy Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, and the National Council of Jewish Women, Nashville Section.

For 119 years, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has helped women, girls and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Programs include Domestic Violence Services, Girls Inc., MEND, ‘j k livin,’ Dress for Success and the Family Literacy Center. For more information, visit https://ywcanashville.com, follow us on twitter @YWCANashville and find us on Facebook facebook.com/YWCANashville.