Saturday, August 13, 2011
The youth of Revista Jóvenes began a capacity building workshop in creative writing with OYE staff member Michael Solis. The first of what will be an 8-week long workshop began with a focus on the art showing versus telling in creative writing, in which the young writers of OYE’s youth magazine reviewed examples to learn the differences between the two writing techniques. During the second half of the workshop, the youth began writing their own stories, selecting from three prompts: 1) a dialogue between two people who dislike each other, 2) an email that someone sent but later regretted, and 3) the description of an object of personal importance. In the coming weeks, the creative writing workshop will provide OYE youth with the tools necessary for writing their own narratives and stories, as well as improving their craft through review, constructive criticism, editing, and dialogue.
OYE staff member and yoga instructor Michael Solis now offers yoga classes to OYE youth, their families, and the community of El Progreso. Today, the youth of Proniño stopped by for a visit, learning how to perform sun salutations, asanas, handstands, and meditative techniques. Yoga classes are held every Saturday from 8-9:30am and 9:30-11am on the second floor of OYE's office.
Friday, August 12, 2011
After my first few days at OYE as part of an Alternative Spring Break program back in March 2011, I knew that I wanted to return for a longer period of time. This summer I spent one month as a volunteer for OYE. What is great about being a volunteer here is that you are really free to organize whatever project interests you. For me, it was education, primarily English classes. While many students told me that they receive English instruction in their schools, the quality is not great, and most times they do not learn the concepts behind the language. Hearing this made me realize that these youth needed a new program, and I knew that OYE was the best way to introduce the language. As coordinator of the program, I planned the curriculum, evaluated the students, made the lesson plans, and taught the classes. While it was a lot of researching and trial and error on my part, at the end of my stay I really felt like I had accomplished something. Students started to remember the phrases I had taught them and could formulate simple sentences. Hearing them speak in English, even if it was just a few sentences, made me realize that teaching is my calling, something I may have never realized if it were not for OYE and the special becados there. While I am not able to stay to continue the program, knowing that the becados will be able to continue to practice and learn a new language so necessary for their future is an accomplishment that I can always be proud of.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Check out the advertisement on one of OYE's scholars, Dunia Perdomo, that was published in COMERCIO, the official magazine of the House of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa.
Many thanks to Daniela Zelaya Raudales for including the article, Edoardo Umanzor for the design, and Dunia Perdomo for her thoughts. GO OYE!