Literacy Partners hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. Check back here to learn more about upcoming events! Look back on our past events below.

2013 GED Graduation

Literacy Partners hosted the Last GED graduation on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in partnership with Talking Transition, a series of public events aimed to set the agenda for the next Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.

Proud families, friends, teachers, volunteers, and community members joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of over 65 GED graduates from around New York City. Read the full recap of the event, watch video from the evening, and browse photos from the event on our Facebook page. It was surely a night to remember!

One of our GED graduates and her son with Board Member Edwidge Thomas.

One of our GED graduates and her son with Board Member Edwidge Thomas.


Harlem Book Fair

This past summer LP connected students to inspirational literary experiences and impactful community involvement through participation in various events throughout the city. LP Students shined brightly reading publicly at two of New York City’s (NYC) most high profile literary events this summer – the Harlem Book Fair and the NYC Poetry Festival. You can learn more through this article published by Examiner! As a partner of the fifteenth annual Harlem Book Fair this past summer on July 19-20, 2013, Literacy Partners not only showcased student speakers but also helped bring recognition to the local adult literacy community by bringing students and volunteers to mingle with fair-goer’s and honoring the District’s City Council Member, Inez E. Dickens, for her work supporting adult learners. You can read more about LP’s involvement with the Harlem Book Fair here.

One of our summer interns, Madison, helping out at the Harlem Book Fair!

One of our summer interns, Madison, helping out at the Harlem Book Fair! You can see more pictures from the day on our Facebook page!


Annual Student Cultural Celebration

Our LP family of students, staff, volunteers, and Board members gathered together on June 19, 2013 at the Annual Student Cultural Celebration where the crowd enjoyed a sampling of student readings and performances. We also had a GED Graduation Ceremony at this year’s celebration, complete with caps and gowns for these amazing students! Our volunteer awards were presented as well, recognizing the special role these supporters play in LP’s mission. Congratulations to our Grads, Volunteer Award Recipients, and all of our students for their wonderful achievements! Click here to see the 2013 Student Storybook, “We’re Going Places” made possible thanks to the generosity of Simon & Schuster.

Congratulations to our amazing students!

Congratulations to our amazing students! Click here to see more pictures from the evening.


29th Annual Gala

Literacy Partners’ 29th Annual Gala on May 1, 2013 was a huge success raising over 1.1 million dollars for our programs to eradicate illiteracy and break the cycle of poverty in New York City! Thank you to all who supported the evening including honorees, Tatiana von Fürstenberg, Patricia Cornwell, and Jacqueline Weld Drake, Gala Chair, Alina Cho, guest readers, Bill O’Reilly, Jon Meacham, and Elizabeth Strout, and Gala Host, Liz Smith. Read a full recap of the event here and browse through pictures of the evening here. You can also watch videos of each of the readers on our YouTube channel here.

Sarajane Blair, Literacy Partners Instructor, Marissa Mazek, full-time Literacy Partners staff member & volunteer tutor, Carlos Caban and Yvonne Hoyte, Literacy Partners students, and Bille Jean King and Gala guest smile for the camera.

Sarajane Blair, Literacy Partners Instructor, Marissa Mazek, full-time Literacy Partners staff member & volunteer tutor, Carlos Caban and Yvonne Hoyte, Literacy Partners students, and Bille Jean King and Gala guest smile for the camera.


Marcus Samuelsson Red Rooster Book Signing

Award-winning chef and best-selling author, Marcus Samuelsson, hosted LP and guests for a private book-signing at his restaurant in Harlem, the Red Rooster. Check out the rest of the photos on our Facebook page. (September 2012)

Marcus Samuelsson with Chairman of the Board, Mark H. Jackson