Andrew will be working in the areas of Dover and New Philadelphia with the local non-profit organization Latino Cultural Connections (LCC) and several Latinx students this summer to develop and implement a mentoring program that will serve middle school and high school Latinx students. Based on the needs and desires of the students, the summer long program will focus on two main goals: empowerment and development of one’s voice, and bridging the knowledge and cultural gap between Latinx and non-Latinx communities. The program will serve four groups of students: middle school girls, middle school boys, high school girls, and high school boys, each of 5-10 students. Given these groups, the program will be tailored to the desires of each group.
This project seeks to empower by providing a safe space, going on field trips to both academic and recreational sites, bringing in guest speakers, and participating in literary and art workshops. The goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space for Latinx youth to continue to develop their voice and collectively implement and develop projects that will create greater understandings in the area.