The Full Story
It is estimated that in the United States, there are approximately 60 million people with Latin American roots, the majority being children and young people born in this country. This population is diverse in its origins and rich in its history, culture, traditions, and language.
A significant majority of Latinos use both Spanish and English for communication and socialization in their homes. They form emotional bonds in Spanish with members of various Latino communities. These bonds are fundamental for the development of children and young people because they ensure communication, affection, and the formation of a sense of identity, which in turn benefits the social and academic performance of Latino children and youth. It keeps them connected to their cultural and familial heritages, which is important beyond the economic benefits of being bilingual.
As mothers and educators, the authors of this project are aware that opportunities to use Spanish with our children are limited due to the demands of schooling and socialization in English, as well as the busyness of daily life. For this reason, we decided to launch the cultural magazine Yosoy.
Our title, Yosoy, is a palindrome, reading the same from left to right and right to left. It aims to represent the identities of girls, boys, and young people of Latin American, Caribbean, and American origin who are constructed between two or perhaps more cultures.
In the here and between the there, Yosoy everything I want to be.
María Luisa, Marcela y Gabriela
Bringing family members closer through meaningful materials: legends, illustrations, audio, and crafts (multiple literacies).
Providing a space for emotional connection to develop speaking, reading, and writing skills (linguistic competencies).
Learning practical uses in community contexts (authentic language samples).
Developing learning and usage strategies and dynamics for oral and written language.
Promoting reflection on language and its social contexts.
Use of Spanish in social practices in meaningful and affective contexts. (Language social practices).
Awareness of the variation in the use of Spanish (by age, by country). (Sociolinguistic perspective).
Bilingualism: dynamic use of all the resources in the linguistic repertoire (Spanish + other languages) of speakers.
Interdisciplinary team with years of experience in second language education, curriculum development, graphic design, and business development.
Maria Luisa Parra
Oliver G. Sanchez