Youth Rising Program ~ Desarrollo juvenil
Our Youth Rising Program is aimed at school-age Latino youth from low-income, immigrant families. Our goal is to provide relatively simple, yet impactful interventions that produce lasting change, propelling our kids to succeed in school and in life. We are developing a series of integrated services with several community partners that focus on bilingual literacy, cultural literacy, social-emotional skill building, fun, adventure, and leadership development.
Program components~Elementos del programa
Raices Youth Literacy & Empowerment
An after-school project that includes Spanish literacy, study skills coaching, cultural reflection and expression, and career imagining. We currently operate at Silver Rail and Jewell elementary schools in Bend. This project depends on our maestras (volunteer parent teachers) and strong school partnerships. The ultimate goal is higher graduation rates.
Amiguitos Summer Club
A summer project with structured activities for kids ages 7 to 13 that runs one day a week for 5 to 10 weeks from our offices in Bend and Redmond. Participants get exercise and a free lunch while volunteer youth leaders help them learn about community resources and local history. We collaborate with Parks and Recreation, city departments, Deschutes Public Library, Cascades School of Music, High Desert Museum, Tower Theater, KPOV Community Radio and the Environmental Center.
Books Build Brains~Biblioteca en camino
A literacy project with art and games that delivers books directly to where low-income kids live. This partnership with Deschutes Public Library helps kids without transportation enjoy library services and activities.
Youth Outings~Paseos recreativos
We partner with Discover Your Forest, Oregon Natural Desert Association and Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe to provide opportunities for youth to discover the joy of outdoor adventure, learn new skills, build self-confidence, and get exercise.