The use of native language and the value of home cultures should be viewed as resources to be built upon rather than liabilities to remediate.
–National Research Council
Plaza Comunitaria is an Adult Education program for native Spanish speakers. The Family Place, in collaboration with the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican National Institute of Adult Education, has been offering this program to our many participants who are marginally literate in their native language since 2003.
The Plaza Comunitaria program allows participants to continue and complete their education in their native language, and study subjects at the elementary, secondary, and high school levels. This program, created to respond to the need of the community, is a great answer to the immigration trends of the last twenty years. During the last few decades many people had to flee their countries in Latin America because of civil war, civil strife, or economic reasons and therefor were unable to finish school. On average, 2 out of 3 people from Mexico have not completed high school (or an equivalent) in their native country.
Based on the wide spread idea that it is very difficult for non-native speakers to grasp a second language if they do not have a strong knowledge of their own language, The Family Place was glad to take advantage of the partnership with the Consulate of Mexico. With an average of 20 students per class each semester, Plaza Comunitaria has served more than 100 students with the help of over 40 volunteers. The Family Place currently offers two Spanish Literacy classes: two sessions during the day from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday; and a session in the evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday through Wednesday.
To learn more about Plaza Comunitaria, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn how to volunteer in the Spanish Literacy class, please follow this link to our Volunteer section of our website.