Hi! My name is Alexandra, and I am spending this year working at Puentes de Salud, which serves South Philadelphia’s growing Latino immigrant community. I work specifically with Puentes Hacia el Futuro, a program that supports the educational achievement of this community’s children. My first 6 weeks involve running a summer literacy enrichment camp, based on a fantastic bilingual curriculum written by last year’s fellow, Jemma Benson. So far I absolutely love my job! The curriculum is divided into 6 topics, and weeks one and two focused on food and then art. We are learning and practicing reading strategies and then creating our own original pieces of writing as inspired by the work of figures like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Carmen Lomas Garza, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. Next week is focused on ‘nature,’ complete with a field trip to a local land conservancy!
Below is a picture of the Puentes de Salud model for collaborative and community-based health.
More updates and photos to come!