We [Conexiones] did field trips to WOU and OSU. There were times I stayed at home because I didn’t think I could go to college, but they gave me hope that I could.
— Carina, Conexiones student


Latino Network knows middle school can be a difficult time for our youth, but it’s a pivotal time for goal setting. Our Conexiones afterschool program aims to support 7th & 8th grade students to develop self-confidence as Latinos/as and to achieve academically and socially.

Conexiones facilitates discussions about culture and traditions, hosts positive Latino/a role models as guest speakers, and provides academic coaching. Conexiones students uncover their own power to thrive in and out of school through weekly topics including:

  • Time Management

  • Leadership

  • College Planning and Savings

  • Community Service

  • Career Exploration

  • Healthy Sexuality

  • Latin American Culture

Program Details

Conexiones meets 1-2 times/week after school. Our bilingual/bicultural instructors serve as role models for our students and follow the Cultura, Aprendizaje, Servicio, Acción curriculum from National Council of La Raza. Instructors also support youth and families with home visits, resources and referrals and often assist parents in meeting with teachers or school administrators.

Contact Veronica Leonard at to learn more about how to enroll your student in Conexiones 

Latino Network thanks the following organizations for their support: Portland Public Schools, Reynolds School District, David Douglas School District, United Way and Multnomah County Racial Justice Initiative, Successful Families 2020, and Oregon Community Foundation K-12 Out of School Time Initiative.