Si, Se Puede! Learning Center

Misson: 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: Empower families for higher education. 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 Gilroy after school program operates year round. During the school year it is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:45-5:15 PM, Wednesday from 2:00-4:30 PM. Students enrolled in the after school program participate in activities that include: homework assistance, literacy, life skills, character building, social development, health and nutrition. Friday we will be focusing on fitness and art and special arts projects. 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, Tuesday, 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 fifteen K-5th grade students to better understand their homework assignments, complete all assignments correctly and ultimately advance grade levels between 2:45 and 4:15 once or twice a week.

Learning Activities: These activities focus on homework,, literacy, and Self-Organized Learning Environment curriculum. We will be promoting a healthy lifestyle for the students as well as getting them in touch with their artistic side.

Who should apply: Students 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 are over 18 must pass a background check and students over 18 will have to pass a TB test (meaning it has to be negative), to ensure our students are in a healthy environment. (Students under 18 do not need background check and TB test.)Minor misdemeanors may not be a barrier to work at this agency, but any violent or sexual offense will not be allowed. Spanish speakers welcome.

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

Special Notes: Mandatory orientations; please plan to attend one or the other: 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. STUDENTS WISHING TO WORK AT THIS AGENCY MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION. The linked application in English or Spanish should be completed to bring to your orientation.

GILROY Orientations: Thursday Monday Sept. 19 and Thurs Sept. 22 —6-7 p.m. Community Center

HOLLISTER Orientations:

Address: 500 IOOF Avenue, Gilroy, walk past leasing office to Community Center

850 Hillcrest Road in Hollister

Contact information:

Gilroy contact Nancy Limon 408 847 9162, cell 310 703 3981—

Hollister teacher Elizabeth Espinoza,, 831 637 9097


updated 8/16