About the Host:
Jose L Cruz began his work in literacy in 1985. The San Diego Council on Literacy was formed one year later. Since then, both have worked to unite the San Diego community to support literacy. Jose has worked in collaborations for literacy at all levels. He has a 26 year history with the SDCOL, the last 12 years as CEO. The pride of the SDCOL is its network of 27+ affiliated literacy program partners that annually serve over 179,000 San Diego residents of all ages at no cost. Everyday, these partnerships help emerging readers, students, parents, heads of households, and workers function and thrive through the power of literacy.
Today we talk to Art Rivera, an information source for healthcare services and health insurance. He shares information about challenges related to providing healthcare options to residents. Challenges sometimes relate to culture, language differences, and literacy skills. We also visit with Kristin Shea-Thiel, Reading Program Coordinator for The Children's Initiative in San Diego. She shares [...]
Jabez LeBret gives an update on Sisu Academy, a residential school for teen girls, and shares strategies for engaging teens in reading, school, and careers. Host Jose and Wade Taylor, President, wsRadio, chat about the holiday spirit and celebrate the contributions of literacy champions in the community. Ramona Jones, Founder & President, DREAMBuilders Youth Mentoring [...]
Guest 1: Blanca Romero, Regional Campaign Manager for NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials), shares information about the importance of a full U.S. Census count in 2020, the under-representation of Latinos in this count, obstacles, and remedies. Guest 2: Jose A. Cruz, CEO for Barrio Logan College Institute, chats about the mission of his [...]
The Literacy for All radio show devotes four segments to a conversation with John Corcoran, author and literacy advocate who is famously known as "the teacher who couldn't read." John, who, in 1987, as a teacher, at the age of 48, revealed his inability to read. Here he shares his history and the projects that [...]
Susan Clark, Founder/Director of the Common Knowledge Group shares information about her community education work and the New Resume Project. Christelle Jones and Marie Lapointe talk about the work that Traveling Stories is doing in farmers markets to create reading opportunities for low-income children.
It was a pleasure to have with us, Migell Acosta, Director of the San Diego County Library. Migell spoke about the different ways that libraries provide resources to residents so that they read better, write better, do math better, function better, and live a better quality of life. He shared information about e-books, library-literacy services, [...]
Georgeanne Irvine, Director of Global Publishing, San Diego Zoo Global Press, talks about the new launched division of the San Diego Zoo that features publication of books for children and adults. Georgeanne and others are writing books that encourage children to read, that educate children about animals, that capture heroic stories of resident animals,and that [...]
Part 1: Jeff Wiemann, Executive Director, Angels Foster Family Network, shares information about the need for foster parents who can provide a stable and stimulating home environment for children in transition. Part 2: Michael Nimer, Manager of MOTIV, shares information about his work in promoting volunteer opportunities for teenagers who contribute to greater literacy and [...]
This episode featured to guests who brought innovative ways to address the needs of young students who struggle with reading, do not like read, and who need more exposure to books and print in a way that meets their personal needs and interests.
Jose and Wade Taylor chat about the importance of partners for literacy and being able to see how investments in literacy pay off. James Halliday,Executive Director, A Reason To Survive (ARTS), chats about arts as the avenue to other skills. He also talks about a new collaborative effort in National City that will bring agencies [...]