SI SE PUEDE
Make sure our community knows their options.
Si Se Puede: Kaleidoscope is a program focused on demystifying the journey toward pursuing higher education for the Latinx community.
The goal of 'Si Se Puede: Kaleidoscope' is to help Latinx families gain insight about the pursuit for higher education. We aim to have open and honest conversations with our families about the serious roadblocks our communities face in pursuing higher education, while at the same time inspiring hope by providing them with the opportunity to be connected with resources, and successful individuals who share similar stories as them.
Through this series of workshops parents and students will:
Gain confidence and hope in their academic future by being exposed to stories of individuals that come from similar backgrounds and situations.
Feel a sense of belonging by connecting with other students and parents who are experiencing the same fears, doubts and uncertainty.
Be empowered to be the active leaders of their own lives in regards to their future education and career.
Who is Si Se Puede For?
Our Si Se Puede program is intended to support Latinx highschool freshmen, sophomores and juniors, while also providing a mentorship and leadership opportunity for Latinx college students. Si Se Puede will prioritize students who may not necessarily feel that college is an option for them, but will of course also hold space for those who know that college is their goal, but may not know how to navigate the process.
A group of butterflies is referred to as a kaleidoscope. One of our main priorities in Creciendo Juntos is to ensure that all our program participants feel a sense of community and belonging. We strongly believe in prioritizing collective learning and community success over individual achievement. Therefore, in order to offer a greater sense of community and connection with our students, we have integrated a mentorship component into Si Se Puede 2020. This was emphasized as to be important as we can not physically be in the same space together.
Kaleidoscope functioned as a mentorship network between Latinx college students and our Si Se Puede Latinx high school students. Students were split into groups of two with two mentors assigned to each group. Kaleidoscope mentors were encouraged to provide followup discussions with their mentees to further engage with workshop information and material. Additionally, mentors had provided guidance and support for their mentees and mentee’s parents on followup assignments that were given by our Executive Director and Youth Programs Coordinator.