Most of our participants are reading at or below a fifth grade level, have not completed high school, are economically disadvantaged, are often in difficult circumstances, and are sometimes identified as “at-risk.” Participants are recruited within community centers and social service organizations that serve minority, ethnic, elderly, or disadvantaged populations. People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos enters non-traditional “classrooms” and sparks a love of reading and learning in those who, in most cases, have not succeeded in school. Those who previously thought that a public, formal, educational discussion would be intimidating are surprised by the relaxed, supportive, non-threatening atmosphere created by our method for conducting the dialogues. Therefore, the reading and discussion of complex texts becomes a pleasurable experience.
In total, People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos will serve approximately 1,000 individuals in 2013. This figure is comprised of two components—our general programming and our Story Talk initiative, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. We conduct approximately 50 regional programs each year which are offered primarily in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York and serve nearly 1000 individuals. In addition, Story Talk will serve approximately 450 under-served youth in 2011 across the nation.
Note that People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is unique in that we do not charge our participants or partner agencies any fees for our services. We procure grants from foundations and government agencies, as well as garner contributions from individuals, to support our organizational budget and programming goals.
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