Central MN Adult Basic Education to participate in initiative supporting libraries and literacy organizations

Central MN Adult Basic Education (Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora and Princeton School Districts) has been selected as one of the pilot organizations that will participate in the Otto Bremer Foundation’s “L3: The Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute.”

A local team including Vicki Ostrom and Angie Sanders received scholarships to participate in the L3 Institute.

L3 was launched in August 2012. Six rural libraries and six literacy organizations from Minnesota were invited to be the pilot program’s first participants. These 12 organizations will participate in an intensive training and mentoring program designed to expand their capacity for meeting the unique needs of rural communities.

The training will focus on critical aspects of running a rural library or literacy organization, from budgeting and board development to strategic planning and cultural competency. Because rural organizations usually have very few staff members, it is often difficult for their lead staff to attend training programs.

L3 will be a mix of in-person and distance learning opportunities. To supplement the training, each organization will be paired with a mentor, deeply steeped in rural experiences, who will support them for six months after the training is completed.

Vicki Ostrom, Central MN Adult Basic Education Coordinator, recognizes the L3 Institute represents an opportunity for the local literacy program to strategically evaluate, assess, develop, improve, and strengthen the program to better meet the needs of the adult learners served in the school districts of Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora and Princeton.

“Libraries and literacy programs are gateways to opportunity, especially in rural communities,” said Charlotte S. Johnson, an Otto Bremer Foundation trustee. “Working to deepen and broaden the leadership capacity of these organizations will serve our vision of helping to build and maintain healthy and vibrant communities.”

For more information about L3: The Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute, contact: Sue Hall, Library Strategies Coordinator at 651-287-0060 or email: sue@thefriends.org.

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