Join us for this insightful conversation with our friends from Instituto Nueva Escuela (INE) who will give us an update on the community of Residencial Luis Llorens Torres in San Juan, the largest housing project in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, with almost 3,000 people, provide the latest information regarding Covid and education, the status of vaccinations in Puerto Rico, and discuss remote volunteer opportunities for Yale alumni, family, and friends. Our speakers from YASC will provide commentary on the impact of the robust and ongoing public health project in the community. We will also discuss plans for a return trip in March 2022.
The inaugural YASC Service Trip to Puerto Rico took place one year ago in the community of Residencial Luis Llorens Torres. Working alongside INE, a nonprofit organization whose mission is bringing Montessori education to public schools and supporting the families of enrolled students, our group of 50+ Yale volunteers, led by Elena Labrada '86, conducted a number of projects in two schools (pre K-6 and 7-9 grades).
Projects included organizing group sports and games for fun and exercise; building sun shades and bookshelves; teaching science offerings including bees and botany, environmental science, and computer coding with robots; planning a newsletter and performance art classes; photography and media; and addressing public health needs in understanding emotions and developing empathy, self-control, and conflict resolution; and habits for healthy living.