By Abby Harris-Ridker
“There is no easy walk to freedom…” - Nelson Mandela.
I started our book group with this quote at Sullivan High School, where I work with a group of English Language Learners from all over the world.
“What is freedom?” I asked.
One student responded, “Freedom is when you’re free.”
“Yes,” I said, “But what does it mean to be free? How do you know if you’re free?”
by Vanessa Borjon
Central States SER (SER) is a workforce development and education organization that believes in the potential of each and every individual. The atmosphere at SER is super lively—the walls are covered in colorful murals and there always seems to be music bumping from somewhere, and inside other classrooms you can hear laughter, chatter, or sometimes more serious conversation happening.
My first book group happened at SER on September 11th. There were about eight young men in the room, plus their teacher, Moises, and the program director, Pete. Pete facilitated a short opening with the group where we went around the circle and introduced ourselves and shared what we were feeling. After that, I started book group and for a first day it went as expected: the group was quiet and a bit hesitant to share, but there was still just enough curiosity to keep them engaged.