Basic Education Mentoring Program in Los Angeles
Sydney Levine began the mentoring program, called “The Literacy Project”, in 2009 for middle school and high school students.
Working Class Latino Students Meet Film Executives
Operating at El Centro del Pueblo located in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, the one-on-one mentoring sessions match working class Latino students with interested individuals living nearby. Coincidently many of the volunteers are executives in the film business.
From a Relationship of Trust to Conscious Learning
The premise of the program is that in creating a relationship of trust, a consciousness would evolve between both parties as to what the processes are that are hindering reading, and in-school learning.
Moving Pictures and Storytelling as Skill Builders
It has become apparent that moving pictures are as basic to everyone’s lives in communicating and learning, as early cave paintings were to humankind’s intellectual and spiritual evolution. Everyone has a story to tell and telling it with moving pictures requires writing and reading skills.
Students Find Their Own Voice
From this focal point, the students interest and with the collaboration of others, literacy develops as they find their authentic voice, which in turn increases self confidence and self esteem.
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