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Si, Se Puede! Learning Center

Mission: To offer youth, teens, families, and seniors the opportunity to empower themselves to learn, achieve, and grow. We are committed to providing quality programs that emphasize education, leadership and life skills throughout every Cesar Chavez Foundation (CCF) affordable housing property. Specifically, the Sí, Se Puede Learning Center at the Gilroy Apartments in Gilroy seeks to give K-5th grade students living on the CCF property the opportunity to empower themselves and achieve success in school, home, and their community.

Activities: Sí, Se Puede Learning Center: The Cesar Chavez Foundation provides an after school program to youth in grades K-5th. The Sí, Se Puede! Learning Center after school program operates year round. During the school year it is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 PM, Wednesday from 2-5 PM and Friday from 3-4:50 PM. During the summer the hours vary according to specialized programs. Students enrolled in the after school program participate in activities that include: homework assistance, literacy, math, technology, science, art, and leadership development. Sí, Se Puede! Learning Center volunteers would need to devote a minimum of two hours per week to be the most effective

Needs/Projects this year

  • Homework Assistance: Monday-Thursday, the center provides one hour of homework assistance to enrolled students who live on the affordable housing property. The majority of our students are or were English Language Learners who are in current need of language arts and math grade improvement. Volunteers would assist the thirty K-5th grade students to better understand their homework assignments, complete all assignments correctly, and ultimately advance grade levels.
  • Learning Activities: These activities focus on math, literacy, science, technology and cooking. Each year, we also commit to a Service Learning Project in March that follows one of the core values of Cesar E. Chavez and continues throughout the entire month. This March, we will be hosting a community wide event to celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the deep history of Gilroy’s Latino population. This wonderful fiesta will not only aim to rejoice in cultural traditions, but to educate the public on the diversity found in Gilroy. The celebration will be composed of traditional food, dancers, mariachi, children’s activities, and honorary guest speakers from the area, including a request to Paul Chavez from the students. Volunteers can assist by executing the event.
Who should apply: Students at least 18 years old who can commit to at least 2 hours per week of work. Students who are ready to be energetically involved with and committed to our student population and their advancement. Students with strong communication and leadership skills. Students who can pass a CCF Human Resources background check.

Who should not apply: Students who cannot pass a CCF Human Resources background check cannot be placed at this site. Students who are not comfortable working with youth. Students who are attached to wearing revealing clothes or clothing that could be mistaken for gang attire.

Special Notes: Mandatory orientations; please plan to attend one or the other: Thursday, February 16 at 6:30pm OR Monday, February 20 at 6:30pm. Employees at this non-profit learning center are very busy providing valuable services. Please respect their time by making appointments, coming on time, and calling ahead if you have an emergency that prevents you from coming on time.

Address: 500 IOOF Avenue, Gilroy

Contact information:

Gilroy—Site Service Coordinator
Cesar Chavez Foundation-Community Services
Gilroy Apartments
500 IOOF Ave
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 847-9162 or ssplc.gilroy@gmail.com