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.