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Cultural Corner

 Sociedad Latina's blog about youth, culture, and opportunities in Boston's Latino community

Tuesday
Mar072017

Spotlight on one of Boston’s next young entrepreneurs

Aderito D. is an 11th grade student at Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA) and a very enthusiastic participant of our ¡emprende! (launch!) youth entrepreneurship program. Due to his brilliant performance in ¡emprende! activities, he was selected for an internship at Roxbury Innovation Center over February break and shadowed Netia, the Entrepreneurial Resident and Lab Manager.

“I was very excited to learn about 3D printing and new technologies. I had never done it before, but I had seen a lot of videos about printing action figures and I wanted to try it out for myself!,” explained Aderito.  During his internship, Netia made sure Aderito could spend most of his time learning about the things that interested him the most: “He’s been a pleasure to work with. We are so happy to have him,” expressed Netia. Aderito was very grateful for the opportunity and he is sure that this internship will help him achieve his dream of becoming a designer.

Through ¡emprende!, youth build knowledge and skills in STEM, business and entrepreneurship to find success in the classroom, prepare for fulfilling careers and launch innovative business plans.

Special thank you to our ¡emprende! supporters: Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Roxbury Innovation Center, Amelia Peabody Foundation, Paul & Edith Babson Foundation, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

 

Tuesday
Mar072017

Moving towards student-centered learning in Boston

Our Youth Community Organizers (YCOs) have been working really hard this year! As the next phase of their “Learn Us to Teach Us” education reform work, they have developed and finalized the platform that will guide their student-centered learning campaign over the next two and half years. In their student-centered learning platform, YCOs are calling for Boston Public Schools (BPS) to:

  • Adopt an individualized learning strategy where every student learns at their own pace and finishes school ready for college or careers
  • Include internship requirement and dual-enrollment opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school
  • Cross-collaborate with community-based organizations so that schools can take advantage of existing resources in their communities and students can earn credit for the activities they participate outside of school

To develop their platform, YCOs have been holding discussions about the design of a student-centered learning-focused school, researching the demographics of students versus staff and administrators in BPS, brainstorming school policies that would better address the needs of Latino and English learner students, identifying opportunities for integrating cultural identity and exploration into the school-day, and creating more opportunities for youth voice in school design, policies and curricula. Their research included looking for resources and other schools that already do this type of work and analyzing the affiliations that currently exist between schools, community-based organizations and universities. Through their participation in the Amplifying Voice and Student Leadership cohort supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, they have also visited schools to learn about the process they went through to adopt a student-centered learning approach and how to create incremental changes over time to achieve long-term goals.

To publicize their platform, YCOs have been attending School Committee meetings to testify about their experience in schools that are not student-centered and share their recommendations on how to make improvements that will benefit more students in BPS.

Tuesday
Mar072017

"Sociedad Latina es mi casa”

Ada, one of our Parent Ambassadors, talks about her journey with us

Ada y su familia vinieron de Puerto Rico a Mission Hill a fines de los años 70. Ada tiene 4 hijos y el más pequeño, Joel, es parte de la familia de Sociedad Latina desde que tiene 8 años. Ella no conocía de programas para jóvenes cuando llegó a Boston, pero cuando Joel empezó la escuela en Tobin K-8 School, lo invitamos a formar parte de uno de nuestros programas de verano. Poco a poco, Joel fue involucrándose más en diferentes programas, aprendiendo de bailes y música en nuestras Clases de Arte Comunitarias los sábados, participando en STEAM Team (nuestro programa para alumnos de escuela media) y ahora como Youth Artist tocando la guitarra y el piano.

Cuando Joel era más chico y Ada lo traía desde la escuela hasta Sociedad Latina, la invitamos a participar en nuestro programa Padres Comprometidos con el resto de los padres de los jóvenes. Así, Ada se unió a nuestra familia también. Ella dice que lo que más le gusta son las charlas sobre cómo educar a los hijos, cómo hablar de sexo y de salud con ellos, y cómo quererse a uno mismo y darse su propio tiempo. “Sociedad Latina es mi casa y me gustaría que otros padres puedan sentir la satisfacción que yo siento con este programa, porque no es sólo aprender de cosas relacionadas con tus hijos, sino como puedes ser un padre mejor,” expresó.

Ada asegura que Sociedad Latina ha sido una gran ayuda para Joel y para su familia, especialmente por la cantidad de tiempo que se le dedica a cada joven. “Joel desarrolló muchas habilidades viniendo a Sociedad Latina, y aprendió mucho sobre música y sus propias capacidades. Yo me siento muy orgullosa de él porque sé que él se esfuerza mucho,” concluyó.

Nuestro programa “Padres Comprometidos” busca proveer de herramientas a los padres y tutores de bajos recursos, latinos y/o residentes de Mission Hill/Roxbury para que puedan apoyar el éxito de sus hijos. Entendemos la importancia que las familias juegan en nuestra comunidad latina y en la vida de nuestros jóvenes. Muchos estudios encontraron que los jóvenes con familias involucradas son más capaces de adaptarse, se involucran más en sus comunidades y buscan estudios y carreras que los satisfagan. Padres Comprometidos ofrece talleres, recursos y referencias para mejorar las relaciones entre padres e hijos y construir sobre las fortalezas que las familias ya poseen. Nuestro objetivo a largo plazo es formar familias con capacidad de adaptarse y crear una red de adultos comprometidos para los jóvenes latinos.

Monday
Feb132017

The BoSTEM Experience with Sociedad Latina

Our middle school STEAM Team program is proud to partner with Boston Public Schools, Citizen Schools, Boston After School & Beyond and United Way on the BoSTEM initiative. Learn more about our work in this great video!

Tuesday
Feb072017

Saturday Community Classes are back!

Starting this Saturday February 11th, we will once again offer Saturday Community Arts classes.

If you have any questions or would like to register, email Josh Snyder, Arts, Culture and Music Coordinator