Yspaniola Incorporated

Yspaniola empowers marginalized batey communities of Dominicans and Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Through university scholarships, a literacy center, and community development, we provide resources for individuals and bateys to access local networks and rise out of poverty.
Dec 6, 2012

Autumn Updates at Yspaniola

Yspaniola is proud to celebrate the continued success of the University Scholars Program, which fully supports from Batey Libertad while they study at UTESA in Santiago. Our newest scholars, Julio Louis, studying Tourism, and Ramon Sanchez, studying Medicine, are both incredibly motivated and have adapted quickly to both the demands of UTESA and the activities which Yspaniola provides to complement university coursework.

Along with Mayra and Fede, Julio and Ramon have excelled at UTESA in their given fields. The scholars have found themselves working frequently in foreign languages, as well as perfecting their Spanish comprehension and writing skills. Our commitment to improving the skills essential to professional life keeps us in constant search of innovative teaching tools and resources. Recently, our scholarship coordinator, Mirta Aguirre, participated in an educational debate tournament in Haiti, where she acquired helpful techniques that will supplement her individual tutoring sessions with each scholar. 

In addition to the happenings at UTESA, Julio Louis recently graduated from the American Language Partnership International, a prestigious English language institute in Santiago. He placed among the top three students in his graduating class. We are confident that Julio, graduating from UTESA next year, will excel in all that he sets out to do. 

This Fall, Yspaniola's local team conducted the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) with students in the Literacy Center and in the Batey Libertad public school. The EGRA, developed by USAID and RTI, is an innovative tool to assess student's weaknesses in oral and written comprehension, as well as phonemic awareness and Spanish fluency. The EGRA results will help Literacy Center staff to implement targeted interventions with each student, as well as assist public school teachers in targeting their own students' weaknesses. 
Busy in the Literacy Center
Busy in the Literacy Center
Aug 27, 2012

A New Literacy Center!

Books + Smiles
Books + Smiles

It has been a busy and exciting summer for Yspaniola: in July, we opened a Literacy Center in Batey Libertad!

At the beginning of the year, Yspaniola interns based in Esperanza began informally tutoring children in Batey Libertad.

Given the amount of interest in these sessions and the dedication of local staff to the project, in June Yspaniola began a series of community meetings and focus groups to determine if and how to move forward with creating a space in Batey Libertad devoted to learning. The community rallied behind the idea of a Literacy Center, a safe space for children to read and participate in extracurricular tutoring sessions led by Yspaniola staff and interns. 

June and July were devoted to furbishing the center, which became truly an international effort: children in Batey Libertad painted the center; community members built a table and a bookshelf; a local school donated desks; Dominican volunteers offered books; Yumiko, an intern, reached out to friends and family who bought school supplies, books, and provided funding; and a service-learning trip from Sudbury, MA brought supplies as well.

As August progresses, we are preparing a registration process to begin a semester of learning that corresponds to the local school calendar and includes parents and the schoolteachers in their children's education. By working with parents and closely monitoring student engagement and improvement, the Literacy Center will be a resource for Batey Libertad and give its children more possibilities and hope.

Reading
Reading
Books!
Books!

Links:

Apr 24, 2012

Yspaniola Announces New Scholarship Recipients

Yspaniola is thrilled to announce two new scholars from Batey Libertad to the University Scholarship Program. This April, after a selection process of applications, essays, and interviews, an impartial committee selected Ramón Sánchez and Julio Louis to receive Yspaniola scholarships to further their education. The new scholars will study alongside current scholars Mayra and Fede at UTESA (Technological University of Santiago) beginning late May.

Ramón is an outstanding student who participates as a trainer with Deportes Para La Vida, a program that educates youth about HIV/AIDS. He will study medicine with the eventual goal of becoming a doctor to provide healthcare to communities with few resources.

Julio is an excellent student who currently studies at UTESA. He has a gift for languages and is studying tourism, with an interest in ecotourism. He is also interested in Haitian-Dominican relations and history.

A special welcome to the program’s new Scholarship Coordinator, Mirta Aguirre. Mirta, originally from Argentina, is a passionate educator and is looking forward to working with Mayra, Fede, the new scholars and the rest of the Yspaniola Local Program team. Yspaniola and the new scholars will work closely in the next few weeks in preparation for enrollment. We are very excited to welcome Ramón and Julio to the program and wish them luck in their studies!

donate now:

An anonymous donor is matching all new monthly recurring donations. Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $400
    give
  • $5,000
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $400
    each month
    give
  • $5,000
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Yspaniola Incorporated

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Yspaniola Incorporated on GreatNonProfits.org.