So Much To Be Grateful For

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Looking back on this year’s Learning Journey on this Giving Tuesday, I am Giving Thanks! I feel re-energized and full of gratitude as I remember the teens in our program opening their hearts and community to our group. As our Learning Journey came to a close in April, I took some time to reflect on   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Cynthia

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Cynthia had   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Melissa

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Melissa,   …Continue Reading

A Dream Come True

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As the co-host on this year’s Learning Journey, I cherished the opportunity I had to intimately connect ten of our supporters to the work in which they had invested. While I do my best to connect people to Reading Village’s work throughout the year, the Learning Journey creates the perfect vehicle to directly connect the   …Continue Reading

How One Question Can Change Anything

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I recently read a piece in the New York Times about Kyle Schwartz, a Denver-based teacher who began asking her students to complete the following sentence: I wish my teacher knew… The responses were astounding, heartbreaking, inspiring, and enlightening. They gave Ms. Schwartz new insights into her students’ challenges and motivations. One student wrote: I   …Continue Reading

Rainy Season

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School is in session in the Department of Solola, Guatemala.  Our youth leaders of Reading Village are deeply involved with their personal studies, learning daily how to engage young children in reading activities, and assisting their families with daily chores to keep households running.  And all of this during the rainy season. In Solola during the   …Continue Reading

The Truth About Teens

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  Eight years ago when we first began thinking about community-based reading promoters, a group of Guatemalan advisors cautioned us saying: “We’re going to tell you the truth about teens. You can’t build a successful literacy program that depends on teen-age kids! At that age they are just too distracted and unpredictable.” Despite warnings from   …Continue Reading

A New Community, A New Opportunity for Impact

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    On a site visit last month I found myself in Chaquijya observing our youth leaders doing reading activities with young children. It’s always refreshing to be back in the field, witnessing the impact of our work first hand and building relationships in new communities.  Chaquijya is our newest partner community in Guatemala, and it’s   …Continue Reading

A Powerful Impression

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During a group discussion on our recent Learning Journey in Guatemala, I challenged my Guatemalan colleagues to recount for our travelers any tales of impact and inspiration from their work. In that moment, my colleague Brenda, one of the Community Facilitators who mentors the youth leaders, offered an example from the community of Chaquijya, one   …Continue Reading