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February 2015

Summer is heating up at Building Dignity! In just our second summer of dual programming at our centers in La Encantada and Oasis, Building Dignity is providing 34 hours of productive and educational activities each week for approximately 100 children and young adults

This summer Building Dignity is focusing on math and reading skill building, the Voices of Youth leadership program, and several classes that teach new and exciting skills.
Math and Reading Skill Building Continues

This summer, Building Dignity is offering classes in primary language skills acquisition, literacy, and mathematics for approximately 50 children.
For the first time, we are offering skill building classes to preschool children ages 4-5 years. This expansion has allowed staff and volunteers to identify challenges for students early on, strengthen core skills, and make learning fun.
1st and 2nd graders work with our wonderful volunteer Kathy to sequence and illustrate parts of a storybook.

This summer, Voices of Youth has focused on community service, fitness, and the environment. The groups from La Encantada and Oasis organized a day of service with Los Martincitos, an organization that cares for elderly members of the community living in extreme poverty. They’ve also enjoyed hiking trips to different sites throughout the countryside of Lima.
The Voices of Youth group from Oasis at the highest point of Las Lomas de Lucumo.
Many senior citizens at Los Martincitos enjoyed lovely manicures from the Voices of Youth leaders.
Photography and Video
Young people from La Encantada have the chance to experiment with new technology, photography, and movies. Projects include movie trailers, a short film, and perspective photography.

Building Dignity has made science fun this summer! Each week participants try new experiments, which include “bombs” made from baking soda and vinegar, Rube Goldberg machines, and towers made from different liquids.
Speech & Oration
In this new program, young people have learned to overcome stage fright, identify characteristics of a good public speaker, and deliver a successful speech. In just 7 weeks, participants have learned to speak competently and confidently.
Urban Exploration
Another new program in Oasis, Urban Exploration enables adolescents to study and explore their city. Participants have enjoyed field trips to the central park of Miraflores, the Gold Museum of Peru, and San Francisco Church in Central Lima.

We would like to thank all donors who have contributed to Building Dignity during the first two months of 2015. Donations made early in the year help ensure that high-quality programs are consistently available to children and young people in Villa el Salvador. 

We would also like to send a special thank you to Wayzata Community Church for providing Building Dignity with a third grant to sustain the Voices of Youth leadership program in 2015.
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Building Dignity
1622 Hague Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

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