Youth & Education Services

La Escuelita

The Hispanic Center of West Michigan is a partner site for the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative Preschool Programs. Located at the San Juan Diego Academy, La Escuelita are two free bilingual classrooms designed to increase the accessibility of early scholastic resources for vulnerable children and provide quality education to children and provide quality education to children
in our neighborhoods.

Download the 2018-2019 Parent Handbook here

For more information, please contact Celeny Quintino, Director of la Escuelita.


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Youth Education Services

Emily Sanchez

Youth Program Coordinator

From enrolling kids in school to helping them pursue their career interests, Emily is here to help set your kids up for the road to success.

Youth Services

New to the area and need to sign your kids up for school, Emily can help guide you through the proper steps in getting your kids ready for school. Please bring proof of vaccinations to appointment.

Our Youth Program Coordinator also provides support as students navigate the process of college applications and FAFSA. She also helps parents navigate the school enrollment process across Grand Rapids. ​

We offer a 6 to 8 week program that prepares students between the ages of 14 and 24 for the workforce. Students gain valuable work experiences and skills through a paid internship, allowing them opportunities to explore various occupations and connect to local businesses and communities.

The program targets students living in the Grand Rapids area.

For more information, please contact Emily Sanchez at