Orlando “Jahlil Beats” Tucker will receive the 2019 Hometown Hero Champion award at Delaware County Literacy Council’s 7th Annual Champions of Adult Literacy Quizzo Fundraiser on October 23, 2019, at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester.
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.
At the block party celebrating the opening of his Villa store, Jahlil explained his goals, “I come from Chester and wanted to be a part in revitalizing to build a better Chester. My expectation is to provide inspiration and opportunities by bringing businesses that will provide jobs to the residents of the City of 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.
Jahlil sees literacy as a key to improved opportunities. On being named a Champion of Adult Literacy, he commented, “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.”
Champions of Adult Literacy celebrates champions who inspire and support the work of the Delaware County Literacy Council.
Also being honored on October 23 will be the Delaware County Library System, which has been named 2019 Community Champion, and Tatiana Moskatova, who will be honored as the 2019 Student Champion.
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 started learning English at the Delaware County Literacy Council just months after she moved to the United States from Russia in 2006. Within a year Tatiana was hired by the Literacy Council to help with data entry.
She still puzzles over English idioms and continues to add to her vocabulary, but today she is a full-time data manager and earlier this year she became a U.S. citizen.
“It was so difficult not knowing any English, but now I have confidence and a great love of my adopted country,” says Tatiana.
The 7th Annual Champions of Adult Literacy Quizzo Fundraiser will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester PA. The evening includes a friendly game of Quizzo, inspiring Champion awards, and tasty food and drink. For tickets and information, visit here or call 610-876-4811.
The Delaware County Literacy Council has been providing free literacy instruction to Delaware County adults for more than 43 years. GED preparation, basic skill improvement, and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction are offered through classes, small groups, or one-on-one tutoring with a literacy volunteer. To learn more or to get involved, visit here.