Literacy for Dominican-Haitian Youth in the Batey

by Yspaniola Incorporated
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Project Report | Apr 10, 2019
Hora de Lectura: Cultivating a Culture of Reading

By Elizabeth Prosser | Operations and Development Fellow

Working on letters for International Women's Day
Working on letters for International Women's Day

Hello to all of our Global Giving friends! Here at Yspaniola, we offer literacy classes to students aged four to 17. In addition to our classes, we run a variety of voluntary programs that provide students with extra time to practice their reading and writing skills. One of these is our beloved Reading Hour. This year we expanded Reading Hour to offer two sessions each week that are divided by grade level. On Wednesdays, we open our library to second and third graders, and on Thursdays, we welcome fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.

Reading Hour is led by two of our Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) Fellows and supervised by our local teacher and library coordinator, Mayra. Our PiLA Fellows develop Reading Hour curriculum to reinforce concepts taught in our classes. Each session includes interactive activities such as games, songs, videos, drawing, and writing. After planned activities, students have time to read independently or with the guidance of fellows. We strive to create a positive and welcoming space where youth feel comfortable improving their reading skills and learning about new topics.

Through Reading Hour, we expand on the teachers’ lesson plans while exposing our students to important themes and lessons about the world. We often create lessons based on holidays or important events. Last fall students familiarized themselves with Mexican culture when they read about Frida Kahlo, watched a video about Día de Los Muertos, and colored their own sugar skulls. In February, students made valentines to show their appreciation for their friends and families. We encourage students to take pride in their heritage, so we made valentines in both Spanish and Creole. Most recently, we celebrated International Women’s Day. With the support of a visiting group from Georgetown, our students wrote letters to the important women in their lives.

Because we have adapted and expanded our Reading Hour this year, we are following a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to measure the effects of the program. We hope that by implementing concrete practices for tracking participants’ progress, we can ensure that it is as effective as possible. From October 2018 to April 2019, we will monitor assistance rates, number of sessions offered, and reading skill improvement. During May 2019 we will evaluate students’ interest in reading and their increases in reading level (based on our Reading A-Z system). Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated on our progress and see what our students are up to in Reading Hour!

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Jan 9, 2019
Meet Georgina: Readers of Batey Libertad

By Mia Lopez-Zubiri | Operations and Development Fellow

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A New Chapter: The Full School Day in the Batey

By Elizabeth Prosser | Operations and Development Fellow

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Yspaniola Incorporated

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Alejandra Garcia Perez
North Haven , CT United States

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