A big “Thank You” to all who attended and supported the 2019 Champions of Adult Literacy fundraiser. This year’s Champions event included inspiring champions, a rousing game of Quizzo, delicious food, and wonderful DCLC friends. See photos from the event here.
DCLC’s annual Champions of Adult Literacy event honors community members who champion literacy and who support the Literacy Council’s efforts to provide free services to adults who are improving their basic skills, preparing for their high school equivalency, or learning English as a Second Language.
Meet our Champions
Orlando “Jahlil Beats” Tucker was honored as the 2019 Hometown Hero Champion of Adult Literacy.
Jahlil is a multi-platinum Grammy® Award–winning music producer from the City of Chester who is committed to creating a thriving future for Chester and its residents.
Jahlil is signed to Jay-Z’s flagship label, Roc Nation. He has worked with the likes of Prince, Diddy, Chris Brown, Drake, Rick Ross and Meek Mill, just to name a few. Jahlil won a 2019 Grammy® for co-producing “Bubblin” by Anderson .Paak, which won Rap Performance of the Year.
In the midst of his worldwide success, Jahlil has kept a local focus. In 2017, Jahlil opened a Villa DTLR apparel store at 5th Street and Avenue of the States in Chester, thus investing in downtown Chester’s retail future. He has also located his music company, Tandem Music Group, in Chester.
To inspire residents to value education, Jahlil offers “Js for As” at his Villa store. Young people from Chester can receive a discount on Nike Jordan sneakers when they bring in their good report cards.
On being named a Champion of Adult Literacy, Jahlil commented, “Nothing matches the sincere generosity given to me by individuals or organizations such as this one and the community that supports my vision.”
Jahlil sees literacy as a key to improved opportunities. “There is one thing you must understand that I had to endure, will continue to endure, and make sure I continue to educate my children on. To be successful you have to build a foundation. In order to build a solid foundation, you must educate yourself and have the communication skills that will help you on your path to success.”
The Delaware County Library System was honored as the 2019 Community Champion of Adult Literacy.
The Delaware County Library System and its 26 affiliated libraries partner with the Literacy Council by hosting Literacy Council classes, by providing a welcoming space for adult literacy students and their volunteer tutors, by offering online and in-person literacy resources, and by providing a representative to serve on the Literacy Council’s Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a community champion,” said Catherine Bittle, Director of the Delaware County Library System, upon hearing of the award.
She added, “Our mission at Delaware County Libraries is to focus on serving the needs of our community, to provide a versatile, welcoming, safe space, and to promote life-long learning. We are pleased that we can support and partner with impactful organizations such as the Delaware County Literacy Council.”
Tatiana Moskatova was honored as the 2019 Student Champion of Adult Literacy.
Tatiana Moskatova came to the Literacy Council just months after she moved to the United States from Russia in 2006. She enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class knowing only a few words of English.
Because Tatiana was a fast learner who practiced constantly, she progressed quickly. She even volunteered at the Literacy Council so she could get more exposure to spoken English. Within a year Tatiana was hired by DCLC to help with data entry.
Today Tatiana is DCLC’s full-time Data Quality Manager, and she often represents the organization by speaking to community groups.
Even more impressive, Tatiana accomplished an important milestone this year: she became a United States Citizen.
Tatiana appreciates how far she has come since she first arrived in the United States and enrolled with the Literacy Council. “It was so difficult not knowing any English, but now I have confidence and a great love of my adopted country.”
See more of Tatiana’s story here.
Generously Supported by the Community
Champions of Adult Literacy 2019 was generously supported by many community partners, including Hall of Fame Sponsors Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack; All-Star Sponsor Brinker Simpson; Gold Sponsors King’s Automotive, Laborers’ Local 413, Rafferty Subaru, Rose Valley Appraisal, Sun East Federal Credit Union, and WSFS Bank; Silver Sponsors The Edward Joseph Snyder Family Support Center, Madeline Bialecki, HOP Energy, John Cipollone Heating & Cooling, and Maris Grove Retirement Community; and Bronze Sponsors Ameriprise Financial Services, Enterprise Exterminating and Supply, Illusions Sports Bar, Swarthmore House Parts, and Young Educated Living Liberated (Y.E.LL.).