International Literacy Day (Día Internacional de la Alfabetización, in Spanish), was founded by United Nation's Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 17, 1965. It is celebrated each year on September 8 to help promote worldwide literacy. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Individuals, organizations, and countries renew their efforts to promote literacy and demonstrate their commitment to providing education for all.
Latino Educational Empowerment Through Reading (LEER) is envisioned as a multiphasic program encompassing lifelong learning through reading. The acronym LEER means, “to read” in Spanish and we think this acronym best defines our workforce development objectives for our future workforce as well as for adult immigrants who cannot speak English.
The Small Business Development Institute (SBDI) specializes in providing workshops and seminars that are presented in short periods of time. They offer intense, high-content, practical and essential information on specific subjects. Seminars are taught by experienced former business owners, educators or consultants who specialize in a given business area.
The Chamber's main regional adult English literacy program is the Latino Educational Empowerment Through Reading (LEER). The acronym LEER means, “to read” in Spanish and we think it is the acronym that best defines our workforce development objectives for adult immigrants.
DREAM (Dare to Reach, Excel, and Achieve More®) is a MAHCC-sponsored program conceived by the Chamber's CEO, Jorge Ribas and his wife, Sharon, which grew out of their community work as they encouraged young people to achieve their educational potential so that they could enjoy happier and more productive lives. The DREAM acronym depicts the process by which the target recipients—college-aged men and women—can begin to envision a richer and more productive life for themselves through self-sufficiency and academic achievement.
The MAHCC Book of the Month Project is an activity started under the aegis of the Chamber's Latino Educatonal Empowerment Through Reading (LEER®) program. The acronym LEER means "to read" in Spanish. Thus, the Book of the Month series is part of the Chamber's effort to promote literacy in the United States and in the world as well as to encourage the development of multilingual societies and the enrichment and preservation of mankind's greatest cultural achievement: Languages.
Washington, D.C. is a city of ambassadors and the MAHCC is in the thick of it. For this reason, we created our own "Diplomatic Corps," an informed group of motivated, enthusiastic and articulate businessmen and women leaders who volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members, and who strive also to ensure that members receive the maximum benefit from their investment.
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