SI SE PUEDE

Kaleidoscope

Make sure our community knows their options.

About

Si Se Puede: Kaleidoscope is a program focused on demystifying the journey toward pursuing higher education for the Latinx community.

Our Goal

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.

Our Vision

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.

Kaleidoscope:

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. 

Si Se Puede: Kaleidoscope

Thank you for your interest in participating in SSP: Kaleidoscope 2021!

As we continue to adjust to the ever-changing environment caused by COVID-19, we will be converting ALL our workshops and check-ins into a hybrid structure. 

 

  • A hybrid structure will be integrating both factors of in-person and virtual learning. We will be having a space available to welcome any student and mentors to come in during the weekly check-in and the workshops.

  • In order to attend any in-person event, you must be vaccinated and contain proof of vaccination. Otherwise, you’d be suggested to attend our weekly check-in and workshops via Zoom.

We will be implementing weekly check-ins from September 1st to December 15th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST.

 

Weekly check in will be set in to improve communication, staying updated on each other’s journey and challenges in regard to pursuing higher education, and allows time and space for us to build trust and community. 

FOR MENTEES:

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This program is intended for any Latinx student interested in learning more on pursuing a higher education. Even if you don’t have plans for college or university at the moment, we encourage you to apply to gain exposure and gain a better understanding of what are all your options. We welcome this space as an opportunity for you to ask your questions, voice your concerns, and any doubts you may have about making the decision to go to or not to go to college.

Important Dates:

Parent Orientation: August 26th, 2021 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Program Start Date:​ September 15th, 2021

Program End Date: ​December 15th, 2021

  • Workshop 1:​ September

    • ¡Representate!​ Panel Conversation with Latinx Professionals.

  • Workshop 2: October

    • Finding the Right College for You.

  • Workshop 3: November

    • How to Pay for College: Information on FAFSA and Scholarships.

  • Workshop 4:​ December

    • The Power of Personal Narrative.

We encourage any Latinx college student or recent (within the last 5 years) graduate to apply, even if their academic route is not traditional. We want to be intentional about being transparent that each college journey is unique and always varies person by person. If you feel that you can contribute your resilience, your learnings, your networks, and your voice, we encourage you to sign up!

Important Dates:

Mentor Orientation: August 24th + 31st, 2021 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Program Start Date:​ September 15th, 2021

Program End Date: ​December 15th, 2021

  • Workshop 1:​ September

    • ¡Representate!​ Panel Conversation with Latinx Professionals.

  • Workshop 2: October

    • Finding the Right College for You.

  • Workshop 3: November

    • How to Pay for College: Information on FAFSA and Scholarships.

  • Workshop 4:​ December

    • The Power of Personal Narrative.

 

FOR MENTORS:

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FOR MENTORS ONLY:

Creciendo Juntos will start doing background checks as a safety procedure since you will be working directly with minors. We emphasize that we are only doing this to check for any record of sexual assaults, sexual harassment, or any form of discrimination toward marginalized groups.

 

We will not be checking for any personal record outside of what we mentioned nor will we take it into consideration during the interview process.

 

We thank you for your understanding.

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