Senderos is a volunteer-based organization that forges pathways to success for Latino youth through free traditional music and dance programs, and fosters educational opportunities that would not otherwise be available.
Senderos has established cultural pride in the face of racism and gang involvement, and has grown from serving seven youth in 2001 to more than 100 youth and young adults performing at more than 40 events each year.
Sharing the rich culture of Mexico. Connecting young people to their heritage. Creating a sense of belonging for immigrant families. These add up to academic success, and break down borders in our community by promoting acceptance and understanding.
Senderos’ 2020 project is to meet the increased demand for free after-school traditional (and bilingual) music instruction and Mexican folkloric dance. The needs are for instruments to expand the music lending library and traditional dance outfits for live performances.
Our programs enhance self-esteem, and support our goal that all participants attend college. In 2019 we presented 9 college scholarships to seniors attending UC-Riverside, UC-Davis, UCSC, CSUMB, and Cabrillo.
The results reverberate into the community by our development of young adults who are confident, creative, resilient, culturally aware, solving problems and dreaming big! In these challenging times it is especially important to support Latino youth and their families.
I have been dancing with Senderos since I was seven, and while listening to the music I would imagine the faces, places, and beauty of my family’s Mexican heritage. I have learned respect, teamwork, discipline, and how to work hard for what I want. I am the first in my family to graduate high school, and I have the amazing opportunity to go to college at Cabrillo with a scholarship from Senderos. I am grateful for Senderos because it showed me so many things in a positive way.
Stacy Q, Santa Cruz, 17 years old