The foundation of our work is rooted in building relationships and trust by addressing barriers to achieving personal/career/educational goals (i.e., finances, employment, and access to mentors/coaches/sponsors. We help Latino students and their families overcome barriers with our intensive case management, bilingual/bicultural staff, wrap-around services and academic support programming.

La Escuelita Preschool

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

Spots for the 2019-2020 school year are full.

Download the 2017-2018 Parent Handbook here.

For more information, please contact  Daphne Windom, Lead Teacher
(616) 956-9667

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SOL Programs

Our Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program provides Latino youth with the knowledge, resources & tools needed to graduate from high school and college/trade school to become a diverse, well educated, and bilingual workforce. We expose youth and their families to pathways towards higher education and career pathways in an individualized manner.

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Summer Learning Academy

We are committed to the educational success of students and partner to stem summer learning loss. Academies run 6 – 8 weeks with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics careers/ exploration), Financial Literacy, exposure to colleges and universities, as well as paid internships for the high school students.

(For Middle and High school students living within the Believe to Become Hope Zones)

Not accepting applications at this time.

Youth Employment Initiative

We offer a 6 to 8-week program that prepares students between the ages of 14-24 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 community.

Offered Year-round

Program targets students living in Grand Rapids area.

Applications will open January 2020

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