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Sacred Heart Center, Inc.

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Youth & Children's Program Portfolio

*Pasitos Exitosos: The goal is to provide children of our adult students the tools that they need to be successful in school, combining best practices from several curricula in the program. Children 18 months to 4 years old participate while parents are in their respective classes. A family literacy model is used. *Kids of the Corazon: A program to serve grade school aged children of parents in our night classes with homework help and to provide other learning opportunities, as well as culturally significant arts initiatives. Children ages 4 to 12 participate in the program. *College and Career Bound: Serving English Language Learner students in high school, this program explores postsecondary options for students, including college, career, and vocational opportunities, supporting the students in creating their strategic life plan for their future. *Famigos: A program providing social and emotional support for recently arrived English Language Learner high school students, intended to support them in their adjustment process. This program provides out of school time activities, including mental health support, that are intended to grow the student’s resilience, self-confidence, and sense of belonging here in their new country. *Cielito Lindo: A bilingual summer camp for ages 5 to 11 that offers plenty of fun recreational activities, including STEM exploration. *Casa Lapiz Art program: An art program for middle school students that explores various artistic languages through the lens of the social determinants of health. *Sacred Heart Folklorico: A traditional Latin American dance program offered to children and youth, with the opportunity to perform across the Richmond area.

Adult Programs Portfolio

*Basic Adult Literacy (Plaza Comunitaria): We are the only community based site in Central Virginia implementing the innovative Spanish-based on-line education program. SHC offers basic literacy and primary school classes for Spanish speakers, which serves as a stepping stone for students to later begin other classes. *GED Preparation in Spanish: SHC is the only program in Central VA that offers GED exam preparation in Spanish. Extended semesters, online tutoring and computer lab hours, and enhanced teacher-student relationships are improvements that have been made to the program over the last few years. *ESL Classes: In partnership with area universities and community volunteers, SHC offers five levels of English classes in order to meet students where they are in their learning. *Citizenship Preparation Classes: Our program prepares adult students to take and pass the citizenship exam in English. *Latino Leadership Institute: A year-long leadership and civic engagement program conducted in Spanish. Adult students earn continuing education credits from the University of Richmond. *Parenting Classes in Spanish: Using a national best practice curriculum that was created for Spanish speaking families, a trained facilitator delivers weekly modules to parents, focused on creating engaged parents that are able to navigate the U.S. school system and access resources for their child. *Conversational Spanish Classes: Our program for non-native Spanish speakers to improve their Spanish speaking skills also seeks to offer a community based class that includes opportunities for engagement with SHC’s other adult students so as to create a two-way cultural exchange.