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.

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Program components~Elementos del programa

  • Raices Youth Literacy & Empowerment

    A school-year-long Spanish literacy 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 volunteer parent teachers "maestras" and strong school partnerships. The ultimate goal is higher graduation rates.

  • Amiguitos Summer Club

    A summer project that runs one day a week for 5-10 weeks from our offices in Bend and Redmond with volunteer youth leaders and interns who provide structured activities for kids ages 7-13 in collaboration with multiple service partners like parks & rec, city halls, Deschutes Libraries, Cascades School of Music, High Desert Museum, Tower Theater, KPOV Community Radio, the Environmental Center and more. 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~Biblioteca en camino

    A newer project in partnership with Deschutes Libraries that take books and learning activities directly to where our low-income kids live in order to increase participation and overcome transportation barriers. It’s a literacy project with art and game activities included.

  • Youth Outings~Paseos recreativos

    We partner with outdoor-oriented groups like 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.