Campaña Quetzal Programs
Our programs and website resources provide opportunities for youth and their families to engage in activities that enhance youth’s personal growth and academic achievement while increasing access to community resources.
Summer Institutes are intensive academic and cultural enrichment programs that focus on mathematics, technology, media, engineering, and science while incorporating art, careers, and community to experience these fields within various contexts and strengthen students’ creativity and confidence to achieve.
Community Forums, Workshops & Conferences
- Summer Math Institute - The target students are bilingual students who have yet to take Algebra 1 or Pre-Algebra. This program is geared to build upon students’ understanding of number theory and number sense and nurture a stronger foundation for algebra and future rigorous courses. In addition, we incorporate skills to enhance students’ capacity to achieve in rigorous academic environments.
- Communities in Film Academy - Communities in film academy brings youth together to learn about the various skills in documentary film making while exploring issues that impact their community. Instructors of this program are professional film makers who are dedicated to educating youth on filming for social justice.
- Academic Ambassadors (Esudiantes Promotores) - Academic Ambassadors are college students who serve as academic coaches, tutors, and mentors for youth. We work with college students to develop their skills in tutoring, mentoring, workshop development and knowledge of issues that impact Latino youth at the national and local level. Academic Ambassadors then work with Latino/a high school and middle school students to set goals to improve their academic achievement, graduate from high school college and career ready and pursue post-secondary education. Academic Ambassadors are an integral part of the summer institutes.
At our community forums, workshops, and conferences, we have concurrent sessions for parents & youth. Parents and high school students learn about various issues in education and how to navigate the education system to help students be college and career ready. Youth at our community forums participate in digital media, video, and animation workshops.
Past programs supported include
- Latino/a Leadership Network (LLN) - Students participated in workshops, academic planning, and field trips to strengthen their knowledge about college planning and their personal and community-based leadership. As part of LLN, students connect with academic coaches and professionals who support with academic and career planning.
- Parent Advocates (Padres Promotores de a Educación) conducted home visits to guide parents on how to navigate the education system, how to prepare their children for higher education, and connect to additional resources that will enrich their children's personal well-being and academic achievement.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
- We have been involved locally in community activism to establish dual language instruction in Seattle Public Schools, and restructure the SBOC into the new World School.
- Many youth and parents who have been part of our programs have continued to grow their leadership within the community.
- Over 600 parents, youth, and educators have participated in our home visits, youth, parent, and educator workshops during the 2011-12 school year.
- We continue to develop relationships with local partner schools to provide workshops for parents from various immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
- 2011 debut of the ALAS (Academy of Latinos Achieving Success) summer institute, targeting a cohort of students and help them excel in their math.
- 2012 Communities in Film Academy worked with Longhouse Media film makers and created a public service announcement for Native American Public Television (NAPTV).
We are currently in need of resources to build our organization's capacity, and grow our personnel to expand our programming.