Youth Development Program
Our Youth Development 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 provided by LCA and several community partners that focus on bilingual literacy, cultural literacy, social-emotional skill-building, fun & adventure, and leadership development.
Program components include:
Raices Youth Literacy & Empowerment
A school-year-long Spanish literacy after-school project that includes study and learning assistance, cultural reflection and expression, and career exploration. We currently operate at Silver Rail and Jewell elementary. This project runs with a part-time Coordinator, several parent volunteer teachers, and school liaisons. The ultimate goal is higher graduation rates.
Amiguitos Summer Club
A summer project that runs one day a week for 4-5 weeks from our offices with volunteer youth leaders and interns who provide structured activities for kids ages 7-13 in collaboration with multiple service partners like parks & rec, libraries, and High Desert Museum. We coordinate this with the free lunch in the parks program as well. Participants get exercise while learning about community resources and local history.
Books Build Brains
A new project underway in partnership with Deschutes Libraries to take books and learning activities directly to low-income kids with transportation barriers. It’s a literacy project with art and game activities included.