La Fuerza de Creer
In partnership with Univision, The Clinton Foundation and Vroom, an initiative from the Bezos Family Foundation, we have launched La Fuerza de Creer 2, a telenovela mini-series that focuses on early childhood development. Since its launch, La Fuerza de Creer has reached over 1.4 million viewers.
This unique drama celebrates the many ways Latino families and caregivers take action to promote their children’s healthy development and social emotional growth. The Spanish-language mini-series tells the story of a fictional community center (el Centro Comunitario Los Lagos) and the families who rely on it for child care, for adult literacy classes, and for other essential services. Their true-to-life stories model ways in which viewers who face similar dynamics may further develop their own capacity as parents and caregivers.
The telenovela is paired with a community campaign of weekly conversation groups run by Literacy Partners. The community campaign for La Fuerza de Creer is based at Head Start, pre-K, and other early childhood education programs. The power of storytelling helps parents recognize their vital role as their child’s first teacher and inspire action that can positively impact their child’s brain development. Our program reinforces important themes about child development with a specific call to action: caregivers are encouraged to play, read, sing, and tell stories to their children. Our program uses a dual-generation intervention for literacy, by empowering caregivers to see themselves as experts on the needs of their children and see bilingualism as a strength. Please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the La Fuerza de Creer initiative.
We Speak NYC
In 2017, the NYC Mayor’s Office came to Literacy Partners to ask our help on an innovative solution: a television show to help new immigrants improve their English and learn more about life in NYC. Thus was born We Speak NYC, a seven-episode dramatic comedy produced by Literacy Partners. The series portrays immigrant New Yorkers in a positive and realistic way, while the characters model the kind of language viewers need to get things done in the city. In addition to a broadcast run on the City’s TV station, We Speak NYC is the basis of a highly successful English conversation practice group run by Literacy Partners and dozens of other non-profits. WSNYC won a 2019 Emmy Award for Best Instructional Program.
In two-hour classes, enthusiastic and compassionate facilitators use the Emmy award-winning educational video series We Speak NYC (formerly We Are New York) as a narrative springboard to discuss immigrant-centered scenarios and how to access NYC resources (e.g., paid sick leave, translators for parent-teacher conferences, free and confidential mental health services). Participants work together to practice English, solve problems, and advocate for themselves and their families in an English dominant world.
Please email Adriane at email@example.com to learn more about our English conversation groups.