Editor’s note: Since last September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.
It seems the education system struggles to provide students in public schools STEM and STEAM [STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the A is for Art] education. While public schools deal with higher teacher-to-student ratios and a constant budget crisis, The Learning Hub has found a willing partner in local public libraries, which are helping to fill the void of missing after-school programs and in-school study options in many inner cities.
Public libraries have always been valued as an important element in any community. Creating a space filled with unlimited knowledge and resources, these local libraries are shifting what they offer the residents of their communities. Attractions in any city, libraries have the ability to revitalize a community by bringing different groups together, addressing social issues and introducing things like historical artifacts to an audience that may never reach a museum. They also make business and entrepreneurial resources more accessible.
The library is one of the most versatile tools that can be used to enrich any area, especially inner cities.
Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The kernels of wisdom, or scroll down to start from earlier in her inspiring journey