Director, Young Adult Literacy
Erika Ewing joined CAT in 1999 and currently leads a team of highly trained professional consultants and CUNY partners who work in multiple fields including: applied theater, social services, case management, academic advisement, mental health, civic engagement, community outreach, and CUNY Staff Developers who provide adult basic education training for instructors who teach numeracy and literacy for HSE aligned with NYS Common Core State Standards. CUNY-LST works together to strengthen YALP's comprehensive academic and career readiness programming services to eight community-based organizations and eight NYC public library sites.
YALP programs offer pre-HSE classes to young adults ages 16-24 who are looking to continue to their academic progress, gain the life skills and work readiness skills eligible for employment and/or to obtain their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE). Erika uses theatre arts-based training to strengthen positive youth development outcomes, motivate youth participation and engagement and build social emotional learning competencies in both staff and youth participants. As an arts engagement strategist, she designs innovative program models, tools and improves existing program designs to support YALP culture and community.
As an adjunct faculty member at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, Ms. Ewing has taught Literacy, Drama, and Dramatic Writing to graduate students in Educational Theatre. Her career has encompassed directing, writing, producing and acting for theatre, television, radio, and film. Ms. Ewing earned her B.A in Theatre from Smith College, where she received the Denton M. Snyder Acting Prize. She earned her M.F.A in Theater Arts at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship for her outstanding accomplishments in acting.