Televisa Foundation Live the Dream project is intended to inspire English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 public schools to pursue their dreams and education by partnering with Latino leaders and celebrities. Televisa Foundation launched its first event in Houston in collaboration with the Houston Independent School District on December 9, at Burbank Middle School, Houston, TX. The next Live the Dream event took place in Los Angeles on December 12 with actress Angelica Vale and Walt Disney Imagineer Alfredo Ayala. The Televisa Foundation intends to bring the program to other schools in the coming year.
Arturo Hernandez, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Houston, and Dulce Maria, actress, author and former RBD (Rebelde) band member prior to launching her solo career, were the guest speakers at the Houston Live the Dream event.
"There are almost 5 million students in the United States who are classified as English Language Learners," said Alejandro Villanueva, Director, Televisa Foundation. "Live the Dream will let students know that even when facing insurmountable challenges, through education, drive and determination, their dreams are within reach."
Live the Dream invites Latino leaders and celebrities to visit public schools that have a significant presence of ELLs for an informal conversation with students on what it truly takes to follow your dream. Celebrities will share personal experiences overcoming challenges and motivate students to pursue their education. Live the Dream 's three main objectives are to:
• Help students define their dream and begin identifying the effort and steps they must take to achieve it
• Inspire ELLs and other students to overcome challenges and obstacles as they pursue their dreams
• Highlight the important role education plays in all aspects of life
About Televisa Foundation
The Televisa Foundation is a U.S.-registered 501(c)-3 created in September 2013 by Grupo Televisa of Mexico City, the leading media group in the Spanish-speaking world. The mission of the Foundation is to help propel Latino children and youth through innovative educational and cultural initiatives. For more information please visit http://www.televisafoundation.org.