Chicas Youth Development
Chicas is an innovative youth development program empowering Latina girls to develop their leadership potential, adopt healthy lifestyles, develop cultural identity, and achieve academic success with high school graduation and college enrollment.
The first program of its kind in Oregon, Chicas partners with local public schools and over 500 local families each year to offer after school programming, leadership, and community service opportunities for Latina youth and their families.
On any particular day, Chicas might go on a field trip to learn about using GPS navigators, learn to conquer social and academic challenges in Chicas after-school sessions, or hear a presentation from a guest speaker about future career opportunities.
Chicas Youth Development program is currently offered to 3rd grade through 12th grade girls at 17 different schools within the Forest Grove, Hillsboro, and Beaverton School Districts.
The Soccer Academy offers an opportunity for Chicas students to practice a sport in which they can learn about healthy lifestyles and care for the environment. Chicas develop leadership skills and learn about communication and team work. The academy runs from April through June and ends with a full-day tournament.
Summer Scholastic Camps
Chicas provides three camps every summer. Each week is dedicated to a topic: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Healthy Lifestyles and Express Yourself: Art, Culture, and Dance. These camps provide interactive workshops with a field trip at the end of each week.
Journey to College: Building assets and inspiration
Journey to College promotes a pro-college culture among Latino families by working with both students and parents to foster a love of learning and a commitment to higher education.
Latino youth have the highest high school dropout rate in Oregon, with barely half of Latino students graduating within four years. Even fewer Latino youth continue on to college.
Adelante Mujeres' takes a holistic approach to education. We start by building kindergarten readiness with our Early Childhood Education program, continue to support Latina girls through middle and high school, and facilitate college preparation for Chicas students and their parents through college visits and financial literacy training. Chicas Youth Development also offers assistance with Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), which offer 3 to 1 matched savings incentives for post-secondary education.
To provide these services, Journey to College relies on strong partnerships with local school districts, colleges, and universities. Through these alliances and the commitment of participating families, we seek to reduce the heartbreak of high school dropout and invest in positive futures for immigrant families.
Upcoming Events & Calendar
- View and print 2015-2016 Chicas Youth Development Calendar (English & español)