Respetar Y Leer
Respetar y Leer /Respect and Read Project
The goal of the Respetar y Leer Campaign is to challenge men to STAND UP against family violence as well as to SIT DOWN and nurture children through reading, storytelling and positive involvement of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, compadres and other significant males in their lives.
It is important to recognize that family violence damages the spirit of women, children and families. At the same time, reading and spending time with children develops and nurtures the relationship and gives us the opportunity to share with them the importance of respect in the relationship, thus preventing domestic violence. It is easier to teach a lesson and break the cycle of violence early in a child’s life.
The Respetar y Leer Campaign can become an integral part of any community. We encourage community members to become involved at any level possible. OUR CHILDREN NEED US.
The overall goal of this effort is to challenge hombres (men) on three levels:
1. Reduce the incidence of domestic violence in Chicano/Latino/Native homes. There is a need for men to collectively Stand Up against domestic violence. Among many of our communities, safety and security are major issues. This safety and security must begin in the home, where in the traditional sense of Chicano/Latino/Native culture, “respeto” (respect) for “las mujeres” (women) is a major element of family harmony.
2. Increase the positive involvement of Chicano/Latino/Native Males with the children of our community. Through reading, storytelling and other positive involvement, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, Compadres and other significant males can make substantial contributions in the lives of children and the community. There is also the need for men to Sit Down and spend positive time with their children.
3. Increase the high school graduation rate of Chicano/Latino/Native Children. The dropout rate among Chicano/Latino/Native children is one of the highest for any group, both locally and nationally. Reading, along with positive male involvement, can become a major factor in combating this statistic. Encouraging fathers, grandfathers, big brothers, and uncles to sit down and share positive stories, songs, games, and reading to children is a way of promoting literacy, culture diversity, as well as nurturing a positive relationship.