An afterschool program for Latino youth will be offered next winter and spring to foster leadership, decision-making and problem-solving skills in a comfortable peer group setting. The group will meet at North Junior High and be facilitated by a youth program leader from La Oportunidad in conjunction with NJH staff. La Oportunidad, a well-established Twin Cities nonprofit, has been successfully “assisting Latino adolescents to develop their assets” for 30 years, including within the Minneapolis Public Schools. Its mission is to champion the development of Latino individuals and families to support cultural identity and self-esteem, positive relationships and goal setting. Ten NJH students will be attending the Latino Youth Leadership Conference May 12th at Augsburg College, indicating a clear interest in strengthening the engagement of the Latino community here at Hopkins.
Lisa Walker, Elisa Dorfman, K. Giddings