by Ann Abbott
Students in our Spanish community service learning (CSL) courses work in grade schools and high schools, but we don't have any community partnerships with middle schools yet. But I just received this information from "Proyecto CHE" which focuses specifically on Latina/o middle schoolers, encouraging them to go to college.
I'm particularly fond of this program because one of my former students, Sonia Rodríguez, was involved in starting it up on this campus a few years ago.
SPAN 232 students, you can work with this program if you need to meet your 28 hours. Here is more information about how you can participate:
"Proyecto C.H.E. (Children for Higher Education) will be having its first session Saturday Oct. 31st, 2009. Proyecto C.H.E. is a middle school program sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina geared towards middle school students in the Urbana-Champaign community. The purpose of the program is to promote higher education, cultural awareness, community engagement, and mentorship among middle school youth. We are looking for volunteers to serve as positive role models who are encouraging and are motivated to create change in the community. In order to volunteer, it is mandatory that you attend a volunteer training which will provide a better understanding of the purpose and function of the program and give you some insight on how to work with middle-school children. The mandatory orientation session will be held at La Casa Cultural Latina on Wednesday Oct. 28th, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Please be sure to attend. You cannot volunteer if you do not attend the orientation. If you would like more information please contact Cynthia Ledesma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Thank you and hope to see you there,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of LAS- Political Science & Latina/Latino Studies La Casa Cultural Latina-Community Outreach Coordinator"