Chicas Youth Development

The first program of its kind in Oregon, Chicas partners with local public schools and more than 500 local families each year to offer after school programming, leadership, and community service opportunities for Latina youth and their families.

Chicas is an innovative youth development program empowering Latina girls to:

  • Develop their leadership potential

  • Adopt healthy lifestyles

  • Develop cultural identity

  • Achieve academic success with high school graduation and college enrollment

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. 

Our Chicas Youth Development Program is currently offered to 3rd grade through 12th grade girls at 22 different schools within the Forest Grove, Hillsboro, and Beaverton School Districts.


Meet Yolanda, a Chicas participant.

Growing up as a bilingual student, Yolanda struggled in school. Watch her story to see how Chicas impacted her life.


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

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. Chicas offers college visits, financial literacy training and assistance with Individual Develop Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), which offer 3 to 1 matched savings incentives for post-secondary education. 


Soccer Academy

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.