156 newly literate adult graduates will receive an education certificate for the first time in their lives during the 6th Annual Manos Amigas/Helping Hands Celebration on Friday, September 28, 2012.
Each year Centro Latino for Literacy celebrates the accomplishments of the Leamos and Listos adult literacy graduates whose drive and persistence to learn reading, writing and arithmetic is nothing short of inspirational.
This moving event highlights the hard work these graduates have put in to becoming literate in Spanish, as they move towards learning English as a second language. This year, we're excited to have Emmy Award winning journalist Claudia Botero from KMEX television serving as our master of ceremonies.
The program will also recognize Melody Nava, Regional Manager, Southern California Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as the Adult Literacy Champion. First Credit Bank and U.S. Bank are the two major sponsors "It is very fulfilling to see the sense of pride and accomplishment in their face and know that literacy had made an immediate difference in their lives," said Les Traub, First Credit Bank Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.
"U.S. Bank is dedicated to investing in programs that help those in underserved communities become self-sufficient. We are excited to continue our support of the programs Centro Latino for Literacy provides to Spanish-speaking adults with none or very low literacy skills," said Jill McCullough, Community Affairs Manager - Greater Los Angeles.
Most of those graduating never had the opportunity to go to school and are now learning the skills to help them improve their lives. "I truly value what I have learned because before, I couldn't help my wife and daughter with filling out school forms. Antonio Cos, 54-years-old or like Herminia Saquí, 70-years-old, said "Not being able to read and write prevented me from becoming independent. Now I've gained my self worth and can write down addresses, telephone numbers, and help my grandchildren".
Founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization, to teach non-literate Spanish speaking adults how to read and write, Centro Latino for Literacy creates innovative solutions that transform lives through literacy. In 2004, Centro Latino for Literacy developed its hallmark curriculum, Leamos- a web-based program created from twelve years of classroom experience.
As of June 30, 2012, we have taught literacy skills, including basic math, grammar, and financial literacy to 4,580 non-literate Spanish speaking adults, the majority in the Los Angeles area. Now the program has expanded to 17 Literacy Partners ranging from colleges to libraries to community based organizations.