On March 14th for the first time, we hosted an educational charla (lecture/workshop)for ten high school teens, the first in a series of charlas about health education. A local nurse practitioner, Beth Russet, volunteered to teach the series of 3 classes to the teens in Spanish during March and April. The class was held in Mano en Mano office, and following a short video clip the group got up and played a series of interactive games. Following the games a basket was passed around for youth to write anonymous questions to be answered by the provider. This was a great beginning to the series and there was a lot of positive feedback from the youth. Several commented that they really felt that it was a comfortable
environment to bring up questions.
Migrant Education Advocate Ana Blagojevic and Mano en Mano’s Outreach worker Edith Flores developed the idea for the series after talking with students and community members who felt they needed more information around health issues. Although health is offered at school youth, the charlas provide an opportunity for youth to ask questions and receive instruction in their first language. The charlas are a collaboration between Mano en Mano, Maine Migrant Education Program and Maine Migrant Health.