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El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center 766 N. Waterman Ave, San Bernardino, California 92410
El Sol began humbly in 1991, under the leadership of founding executive director Lilia Ramirez and collaborators such as Gil Navarro and Marlon Portillo, applying the empowerment principles of popular education in "English as a Second Language" (ESL) classes, to enable marginalized immigrants to overcome linguistic barriers and transform their lives. From this foundation, her successor Susana Negrete led El Sol to undertake the next logical step for the people it served by becoming one of two agencies in the region accredited to offer preparation classes for the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Susana herself started out as a student in the ESL courses, and attests to the transforming effect it had on her life: "There are so many things that once you get empowered, you change not yourself but people around you."... In the last eighteen years, El Sol has sustained principles of education for individual and community empowerment by using a community health worker model, in the arena of community-..