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PEOPLE AND STORIES - GENTE Y CUENTOS INC

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Seniors

Location

295 EGGERTS CROSSING RDLAWRENCE TWP, NJ 08648 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos (P&S/GyC) is dedicated to opening doors to literature for new audiences. Through oral readings and rigorous discussions of enduring short stories, we invite participants to find fresh understandings of themselves, of others, and of the world. Our programs, offered in English and Spanish, use oral readings and structured dialogues of complex short stories to invite participants to connect their own varied life experiences to the universal themes found in great literature. Now in its 50th year, our program methodology effectively removes obstacles to the rewards of reading, especially for adults and young adults who identify as not having the skill, confidence, or motivation to read independently.

Description

Our Founder, Sarah Hirschman, was born in Lithuania into a Russian Jewish family and educated in France and the United States. A reader fluent in several languages, she was always interested in the reception of literature by groups of different cultural backgrounds. After a five year stay in Colombia and work with urban community groups and development projects, she started People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos in Spanish in 1972 in Massachusetts. She developed a methodology that has effectively connected more than 40,000 lives to literature, with trained coordinators conducting programs in both English and Spanish in various parts of the United States as well as in Argentina.

Read more about Sarah’s award-winning life and the history of People & Stories in this Town Topics article . And, enjoy a tribute to her legacy in our Spring 2012 newsletter

Today, our programs continue to reach youth, adults, and seniors in diverse social service agencies-including residential treatment facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, adult education programs, libraries, senior centers, and alternative schools-on local, regional, and national levels.

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