In September, Centro Hispano began working with Fulton High School ESL teachers to develop the Latino Student Leadership Program. This program works with Latino ELL students to provide them with workshops and opportunities to keep them engaged at the high school level and preparing them for post-secondary educational and career options.
As an introduction to the program, Rossy Toldedo, a senior lecturer at the University of Tennessee, worked with the high school students over five sessions to write stories of their own lives and identities. Ms. Toledo shared some of her own writing as well as pieces by Latino writers and previous participants in her workshops. Students first painted cardboard pieces that will become the covers for their books, and then spent time writing while guided by Ms. Toledo. The stories are then edited and compiled, and each student will take home a “published” book that they can share with family and friends.