Resolution J4437-2013

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Partners in Learning, Inc.



  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Partners in
Learning, Inc.

WHEREAS,  It  is  the sense of this Legislative Body of the State of New
York to pay tribute to those organizations  within  our  community,  and
those  who  run  them, that add to the quality of life for all our resi-
dents, and to recognize the contributions such organizations make to our
society; and
  WHEREAS, Primary among those organizations are  not-for-profit  organ-
izations which, year after year, are responsive to the specific needs of
the local citizenry by providing essential services such as educational,
cultural,  training  and  employment  programs,  literacy classes, and a
modern learning environment; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Partners in Learning, Inc. upon the occasion of 25 years of  service  to
the Syracuse community; and
  WHEREAS,  Partners  in Learning, Inc. founded in 1989 in collaboration
with the Syracuse City School District, began  when  Theresa  Pagano,  a
Spanish  teacher  and mother in the community, visited a Latino outreach
program in Chicago and realized the need for a similar  program  in  the
City of Syracuse; and
  WHEREAS,  Prior  to the start of Partners in Learning, Inc., less than
10 Latino children in the City of Syracuse were  involved  in  an  early
childhood education program; and
  WHEREAS,  The  mission  of  Partners  in  Learning, Inc. is to support
adults, children and families from diverse  cultures  and  languages  in
establishing  themselves  to become integral members of their community;
  WHEREAS, Partners in Learning,  Inc.  began  with  "MANOS"  which  was
created  to  foster  English-language  learning  and stimulate physical,
emotional, and cognitive growth in children ages  birth  to  five  years
old; and
  WHEREAS, In 2013, the "MANOS" program had 72 participants, and 100% of
the students in the program entered kindergarten; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition  to  "MANOS,"  Partners  in Learning, Inc. also
offers adult courses at the West Side Learning  Center,  "Volunteers  in
Action,"  which  provides  college students the opportunity to serve the
community, and "Cross Cultural Connections," which provides training for
public and private sector employees; and
  WHEREAS, Partners in Learning, Inc. has a proven record  of  assisting
parents,  children  and  families  in  acquiring the skills needed to be
productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, engaged citizens, and good
neighbors; and
  WHEREAS, Over the last 25 years, Partners in Learning, Inc. has been a
warm friendly place where individuals are encouraged to grow personally,
build connections and flourish as a person,  in  addition  to  receiving
quality services and support; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  Partners in Learning, Inc. has over 500 participants
and continues to expand, evolve and create  new  programs  to  meet  the
needs  of  the  community such as "Families in Action," which focuses on
families overcoming illiteracy together; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the  25th  Anniversary  of Partners in Learning, Inc.  with the
hope that this not-for-profit continues to enjoy the sparkling successes
it has experienced thus far; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Theresa Pagano, and to Partners in Learning, Inc.


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