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Yasmin Tomkinson

Executive Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council
BIO

Yasmin Tomkinson started volunteering as a 1-on-1 tutor at Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) in 2002, and was delighted to join the staff in 2004. She is now the Executive Director and remains inspired by CFLC’s diverse adult lear  

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Education
Dec 16, 2020

A Relevant Side Hustle

Like other great ideas, this one started with locals Paul and Tracy Wilkes. Paul is with Homes of Hope – India, ensuring the well-being of girls in orphanages there. One of his fundraising effor ...

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Sep 8, 2020

Evolving Education

In these dynamic times, so many of us are struggling to figure out how to teach and support the learners in our lives. Content and strategies change. Most “building blocks” remain the same ...

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Oct 19, 2018

How Reading Works

Whether you are young or old, there are four components that you must integrate to be an effective reader.  At Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC), we teach these concepts, along with strategies ...

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Apr 2, 2018

Word Power

“Convergence.” “Definition, please?” “The coming together of two or more things to the same point.”  (Merriam-Webster online) “C-O-N-V-E-R-G-E-N ...

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Dec 1, 2017

Why Volunteer for a Nonprofit Board?

This Insights was contributed by John Meehl, member of the Cape Fear Literacy Council Board of Directors.   I am sometimes asked why, in retirement, I would spend valuable and unpaid time servi ...

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Nov 15, 2017

Lessons In Success

  I look back to 11 years ago when I didn’t know English and was working in a restaurant. Now I am a business owner, doing what I was meant to do. Cape Fear Literacy Council gave me the pl ...

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Oct 20, 2017

It’s Not A Piece Of Cake: Idioms In The English Language

What makes English so hard to learn? Well, it’s the spelling, isn’t it? Or is it the prepositions, contractions and conjunctions? Or the words that have been borrowed and modified from ...

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Oct 2, 2017

Doing The Most Good: Use Heart And Head To Give A Charitable Gift

This Insights article was contributed by Bill Sewell, treasurer and president-elect of the Cape Fear Literacy Council Board. In his autobiography Up From Slavery, the great American educator, Book ...

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Sep 1, 2017

Parties With A Purpose

Wilmington is a particularly vibrant place to be when it comes to nonprofit fundraisers; our community is caring, generous and social.    Hopefully, for the guests, a gala feels like a spe ...

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Aug 15, 2017

One Tutor, Two Students, Countless Benefits

This Insights article was contributed by Geneva Reid, Cape Fear Literacy Council volunteer. When we moved from Memphis to Wilmington 13 years ago, I was eager to locate the Literacy Council and vo ...

Education
Aug 1, 2017

Coming to America: The Refugee Experience

This Insights article was contributed by Lauren Rogers, ESL Program Assistant at Cape Fear Literacy Council. Refugees who are referred to the United States for resettlement by the United Nations Hi ...

Education
Jul 14, 2017

What Is A “Refugee?”

The United Nations defines a refugee as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecutio ...

Education
Jun 30, 2017

Citizenship 101

This Insights article was contributed by Melanie Nelson, ESL Program Director for the Cape Fear Literacy Council. The House of Representatives has how many voting members? Uh, good question! W ...

Education
Jun 15, 2017

One-On-One Education Makes A Difference

This Insights article was contributed by Nancy Woolley, Adult Literacy Program Director for Cape Fear Literacy Council. I want to be the first person in my family to get a diploma. I have a two-year- ...

Education
Jun 1, 2017

Can You Read This?

More than 30,000,000 adults in the United States cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level, according to non-profit organization ProLiteracy.    In New Hanover County, ...

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