Author Archives: Ashley Kang

‘They Call Me Mom’

Life skills taught at South Side Communication Center’s after-school program The South Side Communication Center is much more than a safe place for middle-school and high-school students to gather after the school day ends. The center — which opened in January 2011 through a partnership with the Southside Community Coalition, South Side Initiative Office of Syracuse University and Home HeadQuarters Read More Read More »

Q&A with Dashawn Fair

Nominated by South Side writer and actress Tammy Reese Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: Adrenaline. Then responsibility. The maturity side is the sacrifices of your own freedom for the greater good of your child. Working when you know you have to because it’s no longer just for yourself. Q: What can you share Read More Read More »


I pray this email finds you in good health. The purpose of this correspondence is to express a few issues I take with the article recently published (“Surviving Trauma,” October 2016). I feel that it is important to clarify that the crisis plan implemented at Dr. King was the result of what was gathered from participants’ overwhelming response on what Read More Read More »

Boosting Adult Literacy

Local agency helps grow readers with one-on-one tutoring With a mission to not only teach adults who can’t read how to read, but to help non-English speakers learn the language, LiteracyCNY works to strengthen the community by increasing adults’ proficiency skills. With a wait list averaging 85-100 deep, this local agency — which is the legacy holder of literacy pioneer Read More Read More »

Birthday of a Century

Literacy pioneer’s 100th birthday celebration to fundraise for adult literacy Read More »

Observations from an English Language Learners Class

“Seriously, I’m not lying to you,” adult literacy instructor for LiteracyCNY Kevin Lucas said repeatedly to his English Language Learners (ELL) class. He was trying to explain the punctuation to end a sentence is known as a period. “Online and websites — that’s a dot.” LiteracyCNY enrolled more than 450 students last year. Funding is provided by a mix of Read More Read More »

Current Issue

This month’s cover story spotlights local literacy pioneer who is set to celebrate a milestone birthday. Ruth Colvin will be honored with a 100th birthday party celebration Nov. 18 – thrown by the local agency she launched 55 years ago. Her early efforts to increase adult literacy grew to an international movement, but started simply through community networks right here Read More Read More »

Caring Cleanup

South Side nonprofit changes perception by beautifying neighborhood Inspiring residents and beautifying the South Side neighborhood is the sole purpose of a South Side cleanup team that’s been active for a few months. “We found many people weren’t involved in any neighborhood organizations, so that’s how we started our South Side team,” said John DeSantis, founder and executive director of Read More Read More »

Common Interests

Citizens wish Council meetings happened when they could attend At the Southwest Community Center, a man in a blue janitor shirt sweeps the floors and takes down tables. In his down time, James Cotton talks to kids who run through the halls. He gives them advice, teaches them manners and aims to makes them feel their voices are heard. But Read More Read More »