People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos

People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos offers reading and discussion programs in English and in Spanish with small groups of people, adults and adolescents, who have rarely participated in discussions of literary works.  Trained coordinators help to develop a discussion which brings literary stories and life experience together.  Working with people who have often been overlooked or excluded from cultural and literary experiences, the program has some evidence that participants gain psycho-social benefits—sharpened critical abilities; increased self-assurance and inner strength; respect for personal voice and experience; the ability to listen to others and find common ground.  People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is interested in examining literature’s effect on inter-generational literacy among Spanish-speaking immigrants.  Additionally, how do the activities, i.e. reading and discussing short stories, impact participants’ identities?  Finally, what benefits does the programming bring to different population groups such as seniors, incarcerated individuals, at risk teens, etc.?  Do outcomes change across the different groups?