ForWords Youth Educators and Students

Our spring celebration at the beautiful Embassy Suites in Terra Linda was a great success! Over 160 guests gathered to support the work of our amazing students, while enjoying delicious food and the swinging sounds of the San Rafael High School Jazz Band.

ForWords honored the work of our ally The California Film Institute Education Program, presenting them with a stunning original painting by ForWords Artist-in-Residence Jesus Perez.

ForWords Artist-in-Residence Jesus Perez and CFI Director of Education Joanne Parsont








Our guests also watched the moving short film Free Like the Birds by director Paola Mendoza, about young Sophie Cruz. When her parents told her they didn’t have papers and could be deported back to Mexico, Sophie vowed to keep her family together. On a trip to Washington, D.C., Sophie, then just 6, cleared a security barrier to deliver her message to Pope Francis. Such courage.

It was an inspiring and lively event and we are so grateful to everyone who came together to help and support ForWords Literacy Lab. Thank you!