"I‘ve learned many things that I did not know before. Corazón has changed my way of thinking. Before I thought that because I was a woman there were certain things that were a man‘s responsibility, but I don‘t feel that way anymore. My husband asks me to wait until he finds time to help me with things, but if I can fix something or do something, I will!“
ROCIO, PARTICIPANT FROM NUEVO MILENIO.
Corazón believes education is as important for adults as it is for children. In the process of developing a self-sufficient community, Corazón offers a wide variety of adult education classes. These classes include; sewing, construction, plumbing, electrical, English, health courses, computers, child and spousal abuse prevention, stained glass, cosmetology, and gardening.
Corazón also offers INEA, a federally funded program that allows adults to earn their GED equivalent. Most classes take place at the local community centers, and are taught by either previous class graduates or volunteers who give of their time to share their skills.
The goal of these classes is to equip adults with the skills and knowledge necessary to find secure employment, while at the same time empowring leaders in their communities. These individuals may also lead classes and projects during the week, earning 1 ½ hours of community service. Adults do not earn hours for taking classes, and these courses help make not just the individuals self-sustaining, but the community as well.
Sara has been a participant of the Corazón program for a little over a year now. Throughout this time she has been involved in many projects and classes. As a single, devoted mother of three, Sara uses the resources Corazón provides to educate herself in areas that benefit her family and herself.