Latino Network recognizes that too many youth lack safe spaces and activities to engage in during the summer months. Often this lack of programming leads to increased gang involvement or risky behaviors. Latino Network’s Summer Academia (Summer Academy) provides youth already enrolled in CHI and Early CHI programs, ages 8-18, with positive, fun, educational and enriching activities to keep them safe and engaged.
Latino/a role models facilitate Summer Academia three days a week for eight weeks during June, July, and August.
Through a partnership with Metro called Latino Greenspaces, Summer Academia includes a weekly exploration of the outdoors. Using a culturally-specific curriculum, youth explore the outdoors as it relates to Latino culture through arts, music, hiking, and science. Youth visit local natural areas and parks to experience the wonders of Oregon.
Other activities may include:
- Cultural arts & crafts projects, including mural painting
- Water park outings and swimming
- Exploration of careers in conservation
- Community service projects such as nature conservation
- And much more!
Thank you for partnership and funding from Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Juvenile Justice Division, Metro, Portland Parks and Recreation, United Way and Multnomah County Promise Neighborhood Initiative, PDX Summer School, and City of Portland Mayor's Community Center Initiative.