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ERIC Number: EJ1173524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
LitWorld's 7 Strengths Grow Stronger in Latin America: LitClub Builds Social-Emotional Success
Stern, Oriana
Childhood Education, v94 n2 p28-36 2018
Literacy is a pivotal aspect of education and critical for economic development as well as individual and community well-being. Innovative programming that taps into culturally relevant local resources can increase literacy and strengthen social-emotional skills. This article describes the work of LitWorld, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with a broad coalition of national and international partners to ensure that young people worldwide can experience the joy and transformation of reading, writing, and storytelling. LitWorld's year-round, child-centered programming encourages self-expression, builds understanding of self, and cultivates confidence, using literacy as a tool and pathway for self-empowerment and advocacy. LitWorld partners with over 50 community-based organizations around the world, seven of which are in Latin American countries (Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru). The LitClub, the cornerstone of LitWorld's programs, allows children to form a community of strength through weekly 90-minute sessions. In the first year, the members of a LitClub will focus on how they fit within LitWorld's 7 Strengths--guiding principles that we believe exist in every human being. The 7 Strengths of Friendship, Belonging, Kindness, Curiosity, Courage, Confidence, and Hope need to be nurtured in order for children to believe they have a voice, their voice is important, and they are the ultimate change agents of their own lives. The second year builds on these principles and asks members to think of themselves in relation to the rest of the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil; Peru; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Honduras; Nicaragua; Argentina
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