NewAlliance Foundation Awards first $25,000 “Hi-5″ High Impact Literacy Grant to Junta for Progressive Action

May 21, 2012
NewAlliance Foundation has awarded Junta for Progressive Action its inaugural “Hi-5″ High Impact Literacy Award of $25,000. This award will be granted annually to an organization in the NewAlliance Foundation service area which embodies the 5 attributes the Foundation wishes to honor in the field of literacy: vision, responsiveness, innovation, spirit and results.

“We are very impressed with the difference Junta makes in Greater New Haven’s Latino and Spanish speaking communities”, said Kim Healey, Executive Director of the Foundation. “They not only teach English reading and language skills, but also improve literacy in the native language spoken by many community residents. The work they do gives people access to jobs and empowers families and individuals to reach their potential as productive citizens.”

A segment of the NewAlliance Foundation grant making is targeted toward programs which empower people through the development of literacy skills. The Foundation created the “Hi-5 High Impact Literacy Award” to underscore its special commitment to funding the improvement of community literacy in all forms, including reading, digital, financial and health literacy. Each year, a non-profit organization, or a non-profit program or initiative working to improve any kind of literacy outcome for those in need, is eligible to receive this unsolicited grant. Junta for Progressive Action is the first such organization to be recognized by NewAlliance Foundation with this prestigious award.

“Junta’s adult GED program and financial and computer literacy offerings, along with its bilingual health guide, are providing critically necessary support in literally keeping people healthy and financially stable”, Ms. Healey continues. “NewAlliance Foundation is proud to support Junta’s responsiveness and results.”

“We strongly believe in the power of literacy to advance our community, eliminate poverty, and create a culture of education for many low-income families,” states Sandra Trevino, executive director of Junta for Progressive Action. “As one of our largest programs, Adult Education has provided thousands of students with the opportunity to learn English, obtain a GED, gain literacy in their native Spanish Language, and learn the importance and beauty of reading with their Children.”