Monday, January 28, 2019

Attention Lake Worth and suburban areas west: Support the “Mayan Girls” at Lake Worth High School!

A very big problem in Central Palm Beach County: How to increase literacy in Guatemalan neighborhoods?

The public schools, neighborhood volunteers and non-profits in the City of Lake Worth and suburban areas west of the City have been trying to solve this vexing issue for many, many years but the problem remains. A major issue is communication between Guatemalan immigrants, PBSO and code enforcement as well.

However, a solution may be on the horizon.

The solution may come from the “Mayan Girls” at Lake Worth High School. Here is the headline in The Lake Worth Herald today.

Eight Teen-run Charities Vie for Up to $15,000

The first paragraph in the Herald:

Philanthropy Tank Palm Beach recently announced the finalists for the 2019 Philanthropy Tank program and live pitch event. The charity received hundreds of applications from students grade 8–12 across Palm Beach County. The application requires students to submit a philanthropic idea that directly addresses issues in Palm Beach County. [emphasis added] Applicants’ ideas were judged for their potential community impact, feasibility, solution creativity, sustainability, and team strengths.

One of the finalists this year is the “Mayan Girls”, another excerpt from the Herald:

Mayan Girls looks to serve the Guatemalan Mayan community by translating information such as current events, weather alerts, news topics, and community events. The program wants to assist this population who miss critical information because of a high rate of illiteracy in any language. They will record, edit, and produce work to share via social media. The program proposed by Lake Worth High School Community School students: 10th grader Lorena Felipe Sebastian, 11th grader Maria Andres, and Magdalena Francisco and Daniella Domingo, who are both in 9th grade.

The news in the Herald ends with this paragraph:

The finalists will make their pitch to “Philanthropist-Investors” during an event on Sunday, March 10, 3–5 p.m. at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center, West Palm.

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach which is actually a municipality without a beach. For directions to the Kravis Center and more information click on this link.

And plan to attend on March 10th at 3:00 to support the Mayan Girls at Lake Worth High School!