Spots Still Available for Yo Puedo Leer (Pre-K Program)

The Yo Puedo Leer program at La Casa de Amistad is now taking registration for pre-school students. For more information please call La Casa de Amistad at 574-233-2120. The program is $20 per week and runs the academic school year. Children do not need to be fluent Spanish speakers to come, but will come out prepared for kindergarten in TWO languages! We start on September 2nd so come in soon!

The Yo Puedo Leer program offers a bilingual curriculum for children in our community who speak Spanish. The uniqueness of this program is shown in the way that tries to help them through the learning of English by strengthening reading and writing in their native language first. In turn, this facilitates their learning capacity for the future. The program covers nine books, which are approved by the Bilingual Department from the South Bend Community School Corporation. They contain activities such as letter recognition and sound development. These skills are developed in class and are evaluated at the end of each book. The facilitator provides a holistic experience in the classroom in which students begin to practice the skills learned as well as learning new sounds in different languages.

Yo Puedo Leer Class

El programa de Yo Puedo Leer en La Casa de Amistad esta aceptando solicitudes para niños de pre-escolar. Para mas información llame a La Casa de Amistad al 574-233-2120.
El programa Yo Puedo Leer ofrece un currículo bilingüe para los niños de la comunidad que hablan español. La singularidad de este programa es representada en la forma en que trata de ayudarlos a través del aprendizaje de Ingles mediante el fortalecimiento de la lectura y la escritura en su lengua natal. A la vez, facilita su capacidad de aprendizaje en el futuro. El programa cuenta con la asistencia de nueve libros aprobados por el Departamento Bilingüe del la Corporación Escolar de South Bend. Estos contienen actividades como reconocimiento de letras y el desarrollo de sonido. Estas habilidades se desarrollan en clase y son evaluadas al final de cada libro. El facilitador proporciona una experiencia en el salón de clase en la que los estudiantes comienzan a practicar las habilidades aprendidas, así como el aprendizaje de nuevos sonidos en diferentes idiomas.

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Hiring Fall 2014 Volunteers!

It is time to recruit (hire) our Fall 2014 Volunteers! We are finishing up recruitment for our programs and looking to make sure that we have enough volunteers to cover each class. Below is a list of our main programs for the fall. We of course have other opportunities and times if these do not fit your schedule but these are our peak needs.

Crece Conmigo (K-6th) – 3 to 5PM – Monday to Thursday
Adelante (7th to 12th) – 4 to 6PM – Monday to Thursday
* Youth Programs Start September 8th

ENL for Citizenship (Adult) – 5 to 7PM – Tues/Thursday
ENL (Adult) – 6 to 8PM – Tues/Thursday
Fortaleciendo Familias (Family) – 5:30 to 7PM – Wednesdays
* Adult Programs Start week of September 15th

Crece Grad Spring 2014We will be at several college events recruiting volunteers and are always looking for support throughout the year. For our main programming we ask that volunteers come consistently, we need to be able to rely on you to be there to work with the program. If you need more stop in and flexible volunteer opportunities we also have those available.

We have youth program volunteer orientation on Thursday (9/4) at 5PM and 6PM. Please try to attend one of those sessions so you can get trained and signed up for times for volunteering.

All volunteers and interns must complete our volunteer form: HERE

Thank you! Volunteers help make all of our programs a success!

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Hiring Assistant Youth Coordinator

If you know of anyone that can fill this great position, please forward them this information.

Assistant Youth Coordinator
Description of Position:
The assistant youth coordinator helps in coordinating all of La Casa de Amistad’s youth educational programs (i.e. Yo Puedo Leer, Crece Conmigo and Adelante).
The person in this position:
1) Reports to the youth coordinator directly and works closely with volunteer and finance coordinator, executive director, and front office staff;
2) Oversees the management of data related to youth programs;
3) Assists with the planning and implementation of curriculum, activities, and programming for Crece Conmigo and Adelante during school year and summer;
4) Assists in the supervision of Yo Puedo Leer program;
5) Manages and works in groups and one-on-one with pre-school, elementary, middle and high school students;
6) Works with and helps manage program volunteers,
7) Assists in the case management of the youth and their families
8) Assists in the grant reporting of youth programs

• Work in conjunction and under the supervision of Youth Coordinator;
• Help create and implement appropriate, age- relevant program curriculum;
• Management and supervision of students and volunteers assigned to programs;
• Work with volunteer coordinator to recruit and maintain sufficient tutors and mentors for programming;
• Run and maintain snacks for Crece Conmigo and Yo Puedo Leer;
• Record keeping of failures, improvements, and student success stories;
• Supervise students and volunteers to maintain clean, organized work areas and help maintain supplies and building in good working condition;
• Helps create reports outcomes for grant purposes;
• Do home visits to families when necessary to check on status of students and home life;
• Maintains, trains and protects students, volunteers and families’ confidentially agreements;
• Must be able to assist in driving and supervision on field trips;
• Position may include additional work hours and other duties as needed.

Youth Programs

Qualifications Needed:
• Person applying for the position must be bilingual (Spanish/English);
• Person must be able to work with children, youth and their parents (education background and/or experience preferred);
• Classroom management and youth work experience highly preferred,
• Some college credit/experience required;
• Excellent English and Spanish writing, reading and communication skills necessary;
• Must be acquainted with basic computer software (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, spreadsheets, etc);
• Position is a part time position (10-15 hours per week) and pay is based on experience. Target hours are 2PM to 6PM during our youth programs.

Please submit resume via email to Humberto Delgado at or in person/mail to: La Casa de Amistad, Att. Humberto Delgado, 746 S. Meade St. South Bend, Indiana 46619. For more information and/or questions please feel free to call La Casa de Amistad at 574-233-2120.

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La Casa and Immigration Advocacy

Thank you for all the calls and emails of support. Yes La Casa de Amistad takes our Mission Statement seriously… and advocacy is in there…

“Our Mission is to empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment.”

Lately we have been advocating for humanitarian treatment of the refugee children that are crossing the American border to flee violence in Central America. We played a role in the “Bears for Care” program put together by a local group os advocates called the Coalition for the Care of Refugee Children. Check them out on Facebook CCRC.

Bears for CareBears for Care Coverage

Tribune: Video Story
(photo in print version)
Fox28: Link
ABC57: Link
WNDU: Link

This week our Executive Director had the opportunity to meet with our local member of the US Congress, Jackie Walorski. We are continuing to push for humanitarian treatment of the children at the border, and  are thankful that our local media has helped to bring the issues and conditions to light that are impacting our community and the refugee children.

ReformCoverage of Meeting with Congresswoman About Immigration

Tribune: Article
ABD57: Link
Fox28: Link
WNDU: Link
ABC57: Link

We want to thank all the local community organizations, churches and agencies that have been involved in these important items. We are continuing to support our community and grow our resources related to immigration in our community.

Thank you for dedication and support!

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