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Chicas Youth Development 

Watch our Chicas share their dreams for a better world here.  

Chicas is an innovative youth development program empowering Latina girls to develop their leadership potential, adapt healthy lifestyles, develop cultural identity and achieve academic success with high school graduation and college enrollment.

About Chicas

The first program of its kind in Oregon, Chicas partners with local public schools and over 350 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; particiapte in their after school session to share concerns about social and academic challenges; or hear a presentation from a guest speaker on their future career opportunities. Our long-term goal is to facilitate the Journey to College. This is an initiative that promotes a pro-college culture within Latino families.

Chicas Youth Development program is currently offered to girls 3rd through 12th grade in the Forest Grove School District at seven school locations and in the Hillsboro School District in seven school locations.


For anyone who is interested in sharpening their computer skills, drop in at the Hillsboro Shute Brank Public Library, where young experienced members of the Chicas' Comcast Digital Connectors Program will help you familiarize yourself with today's common software programs and basic computer applications on PC computers.  No previous experience needed.

Hillboro Library Shute Park Branch
775 SE 10th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 615-6500

For more information, contact our Comcast Digital Connectors Program Coordinator, Karla Hernandez, at (503) 992-0078 ext 201



Contact Chicas today: 503.992.0078 ext.201

Check out the photo gallery to learn more about Chicas participants.

Visit our Donate page to learn about supporting the Chicas program.

Find more information about getting involved with the Chicas program on our Volunteer page.

For current Chicas Volunteers:

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