Bryanna McQueen, 18, is a natural-born teacher. Bryanna took her love of Spanish to a new level by starting a free English tutoring program for Mexican and Salvadorian refugees in the Maryland/D.C./Virginia area. Bryanna became aware of the low literacy rate in these groups after reading an article about it in Newsweek. "I saw a need in the community, and it only takes one person to start something to help so I thought I'd he that person," Bryanna says. So she launched her literacy campaign "Yo Puede," which means, "I Can." Bryanna's responsibilities include recruiting and training volunteer tutors, securing teaching space, handling advertising, meeting with community organizers and even providing child care for young kids while their parents learn English. Bryanna is also leader of the pack ... er, backpack. She launched a second program, Backpacks 4 Kids, to provide children in the Virginia Boys and Girls Club with school supplies. Her programs have been so successful that she was awarded $25,000 from the 2005 AXA Achievement Scholarship program. Bryanna knows lo que no cuesta dinero, siempre es bueno.
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|Title Annotation:||COOL GIRL; Bryanna McQueen receives 2005 AXA Achievement Scholarship for starting a refugee tutoring program|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2005|
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