Independencia through Literacy

Literacy not only helps develop a better and a stronger workforce, it builds stronger families and communities

By Centro Latino for Literacy Staff
Published on LatinoLA: October 2, 2013

Independencia through Literacy

In an ever-evolving world of technology, inclusion is key. At Centro Latino for Literacy (Centro Latino), we use technology to teach non-literate Latino adults how to read and write in Spanish first as the foundation to succeed in English as a second language. In 2004, Centro Latino developed our cornerstone literacy curriculum, LeamosÔäó to a web platform and learning/teaching basic literacy has never been the same since!

Adult learners like Rosa Jer??nimo, a 2013 Centro Latino literacy graduate, whose parents thought school was only for men, inspired us to create our "Independencia through Literacy" online fundraising campaign to raise $25,000 through October 31st. Rosa and other graduates often speak of the freedom they feel now that they are literate and no longer depend on others to navigate our increasingly complicated society. In honor of Rosa and newly literate adults, we launched "Independencia through Literacy" on September 15th to mark Central American and Mexican Independence (Sept 16th), Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and Hispanic Heritage Month. Our goal is to raise $25,000 through October 31st and we're calling on you to help reach that goal. Your contribution and promotion of this campaign will ensure literacy becomes more accessible to thousands.

A minimum of $10 will ensure that others, like Rosa, have the opportunity at a second chance. For years we have heard our adult learners tell us how embarrassed they feel when they ask others for help, unsure how to tell if their employer is paying them for all of their work, some students bring us their pay stubs to read and explain to them, and others spend countless hours in line at the local utility office waiting to pay their electricity bill in cash because they do not have a checking account. They have had to struggle to survive in their country of origin, and now they struggle in the United States. Literacy not only helps develop a better and a stronger workforce, it builds stronger families and communities. Bottom line - it pays to support Latino literacy. Join us this Hispanic Heritage Month in transforming lives through literacy.

More info on the "Independencia through Literacy" campaign.

Founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization, Centro Latino creates innovative solutions that transform lives through literacy. With our course offerings, we have taught non-literate Latino adults more than basic literacy skills. We have also taught them grammar, basic math, and financial education through our classroom based Leamos Grammar and ListosÔäó (We're Ready) courses. Over 5,400 (as of June 30th) non-literate adults have learned basic literacy skills at Centro Latino and at our 21 Literacy Partners (community organizations that use Leamos to better serve their non-literate Spanish speaking clients and their families)

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