PBS to Feature Educate & Elevate with Host & Actor Rob Lowe


Educate & Elevate has caught the attention of “The Success Files,” an award-winning program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts through groundbreaking short-form and long-form documentary presentations. The program airs on PBS and is hosted by actor Rob Lowe.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story will be featured in a short six-minute documentary, and plans are now in process to develop the storylines about the power and relevancy of adult education.

Utilizing strategic partnerships across numerous media distribution outlets, “The Success Files” continues to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations by tackling the most prevalent issues in the nation and across the world. Stay tuned for air dates.

COABE'S Capitol Hill Day


Dear COABE members,

I am delighted to share that COABE's fourth Capitol Hill Day took place during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and was a wonderful success, with over 110 meetings scheduled with legislators and their staff! This brings our total meetings with legislators over the last 2 years, to more than 315 meetings! Sixty plus leaders and 8 students, from nearly all 50 states, joined together to walk the Halls of Congress as we made our voice heard on the Hill on behalf of Adult Education.   

I would like to thank our Committee for Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP) Chair, Polly Smith, along with Christine Heinrich, our Coordinator, for their incredible work on all the materials and coordination related to Capitol Hill Day!

At the same time, members in the field used the simple "3 clicks/quick fire" COABE advocacy tool to contact their mayors, governors, legislators, and legislative staff which boosted our efforts while on the Hill. Many of the legislators and staff members we talked with said that they had been hearing repeatedly and often from our members. At this time, more than 33,000 contacts have been made! Keep up the good work, and please help us keep up the momentum. If you have not contacted your legislator, you can do that today, HERE.

All of our advocacy efforts are supported through a generous partnership with Aztec Software. We thank them for their support! 


Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

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COABE Membership Update: October 2017


Stay up to date with what is happening with COABE by reading the October issue of the COABE membership update. In this issue:

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Adult Education Miracle: Kevin Hunt Sr.


As adult educators, we know firsthand that a lack of education can have a ripple effect among individuals who want to advance their economic and social mobility. Kevin Hunt Sr. knows that downward spiral all too well. Kevin dropped out of school in junior high, and because of his lack of education, he had to rely on his family in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, for financial support.

In 2001, he made a decision that would be the catalyst for changing his entire life: he enrolled in Shorter College’s GED® program. After earning his GED® credential, Kevin did not stop there. In 2002, he enrolled in Philander Smith College where he graduated with honors and followed that with a master’s degree from Webster University.

Upon graduating from Philander Smith College, Kevin volunteered for then-Attorney General Mike Beebe’s campaign for governor. This eventually led to a part-time job working for Beebe’s campaign. Beebe won the gubernatorial election (2006), and Kevin was hired on as full-time staff. During the next eight years in the office of Governor Mike Beebe, Kevin worked as a communications assistant, spending five of those years as minority affairs liaison.

Kevin invests countless hours of hard work and dedication for the betterment of his community by serving as a mentor to others and volunteering for friend and mentor, Rev. Hezekiah Stewart and the Watershed (“world’s first social hospital”). Currently, Kevin is focused on launching his nonprofit mentoring program, Inspiring Other People (IOP), which has as its motto “Leading by Example.”

A man of God, Kevin joined Second Baptist Church in 2005, under the leadership of the Pastor, Dr. Kevin A. Kelly.

Kevin works at the University of Arkansas for the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service, which focuses on community-based philanthropy. He is the son of a very strong mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. He is also the proud father of one son, Kevin Hunt Jr. He's married to the number one woman in his life, Maggie F. Hunt.

Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your story and inspiring others to keep reaching for the stars!

The more success stories such as Kevin’s are heard in public, the better-positioned adult education advocates are likely to be in making a case for securing resources for vital adult education programs. Click here to submit your success stories to the Educate & Elevate campaign and speak up for adult education.

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Educate & Elevate Champion Highlights  

Did you know that cross promoting the Educate & Elevate campaign on your website can bring recognition to your organization? And, we've made it super easy for you to participate.

Take a look at the following Educate & Elevate Champions who have been very creative in their cross promotional efforts by placing the Educate & Elevate logo on their websites in various locations as a "proud partner"; using #educate&elevate and sending updates via social media; special announcements; and sending eblasts to its members with updates. 


2017 COABE Virtual Conference

COABE's 2017 Virtual Conference will take place on October 25 & 26, 2017. We plan to have 16 - 20 sessions offered by our strand partners, over the course of two days, as well as a virtual exhibit hall, just like last year.  

State associations and state directors can purchase registration for their entire state, for just $500. Individuals may register at $25 per day or $50 for both days.  Registration is now open!


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