Child and Youth Programs

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We seek to address the immediate needs of the children and youth in our community as well as to prepare them for their futures.

José Martí Child Development Center

Provides bilingual, multicultural curriculum to children ages 1-4 to develop child’s self-awareness, cultural pride, self-esteem and build cognitive development skills. Provides accessible, affordable, quality childcare that nurtures the self-awareness, self-esteem, and cultural pride of our children using a bilingual, multicultural curriculum. We are the only nationally accredited bilingual child development center in Washington. Folleto en español. English Brochure.

Luis Alfonso Velasquez After School Program

Provides mentoring and tutoring to students ages 5-12 to improve academic success and positive interaction with students of all backgrounds through bilingual, multicultural mentoring and tutoring to improve school attendance, homework completion and academic performance. Students engage in a variety of activities that afford them the opportunity for academic success and positive interaction with people of all backgrounds.

Roberto Maestas Youth Leadership Institute

Addresses opportunity gaps in K-12 and post-secondary education by empowering 30-40 marginalized Latino youth in the Seattle/King County area to grow as leaders and positively engage in their communities. The Institute provides monthly in-depth and culturally competent civic engagement workshops targeted to high school youth and college-bound young adults during the academic year that examine issues impacting the Latino community. It also provides resources and community involvement opportunities.

College Readiness

Provides students enrolled in the Proyecto Saber class at Ballard and Chief Sealth High Schools and Denny Middle School with support and guidance as they create their post-secondary plan. The coaches lead workshops and provide one-on-one support in subjects such as selecting and applying to schools, understanding financial aid and applying to scholarships. They are also available for drop-in advisement in the youth services office of El Centro de la Raza. Click here to view a list of scholarship resources.

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention

Provides resources, support and alternatives for youth who are at a high risk of perpetuating or being victimized by violence. Provides case management services, in partnership with the City of Seattle, to Latina/o and other youth ages 12-17 and their families, who reside in or attend school in Central, Southeast, and Southwest Seattle. The objective of this program is to provide youth with the tools and guidance they need to increase their positive involvement in school and reduce and prevent criminal activity.

Hope for Youth Civil Rights History, Hip Hop & Poetry Classes

A classroom-based multicultural education and empowerment opportunity for students that are enrolled in the Proyecto Saber program at Ballard and Chief Sealth High Schools and Denny Middle School. Students engage with a variety of subjects on Latino history, civil rights history, and histories of marginalized groups to affirm and acknowledge their ethnic and racial identities as well as enrich their educational experiences. Local artists engaged in social justice and community work serve as guest speakers to share their experiences and expertise so youth can gain the confidence and tools needed to express their feelings about Latino culture and civil rights in a positive and healthy way.

Youth Job Readiness Training

ELL students build skills that will help them obtain and maintain employment. Youth engage in a variety of workshops to build skills in areas like interviewing and resume writing. Students complete a group project using their skills to work and collaborate with others in the working world. The program provides one-on-one mentoring and support services to assist in academic and career goal setting. After training in the classroom is completed, students are placed at an internship that aligns with their future career interests. Youth receive a stipend after completing all trainings and activities. Bilingual parent workshops are also provided to help parents support youth in their career goals.

Parent-Child Home Program

Provides two years of twice-weekly 30-minute visits to families with children between 16 months and 30 months of age residing within Seattle. Each week home visitors provide the family with a free high quality book or educational toy, which are often the first such items in the home. Using the book or toy, the home visitors model reading, conversation, and play activities designed to stimulate parent-child interaction, develop language and literacy skills, build school readiness, improve social-emotional development for the child, and strengthen positive parent behavior.

Digital Connectors

Supported by Comcast, this program empowers students to be leaders by building their computer literacy skills. Students receive an overview of the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and how to responsibly use technology to benefit the community. Students receive service learning hours as well as a free laptop computer after completing the 10-month program.

Case Management

Case Management at El Centro de la Raza works to eliminate barriers to academic success by empowering social and emotional well-being and lifelong learning in students at Chief Sealth High School, Denny Middle School and Ingraham High School. Our case managers provide wraparound support services to Latino youth in forms of daily check-ins, tutoring, translation services for families and referrals for basic needs and service learning opportunities.

Summer Academic Bridge Program for Middle School Youth

Prepares incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Denny and Washington Middle Schools to start school in the fall ready to excel in their next grade level. This six-week program engages students in reading, writing and math lessons to build their academic skills. The program also enriches student learning through culturally relevant Chicano/Latino studies workshops and other field trips.

Summer Youth Learning Program

This six week program is designed to address summer learning loss and helps engage middle school students in educational activities. The curriculum focuses on math, reading, writing and a cultural component where the youth learn about civil rights, social justice, indigenous cultures, art and other cultural studies. The curriculum is parallel with the common core standards set for the Seattle Public Schools and works in collaboration with the middle schools to provide the appropriate curriculum to meet individual student needs.