Senderos is an all-volunteer organization that forges pathways to success for Latino youth through free music and dance programs, and fosters educational opportunities that would not otherwise be available. Senderos has established cultural pride in in the face of racism and gang involvement, with 80 youth currently performing at more than 30 events each year.
The Big Idea:
Creating Pathways for Youth
Senderos’ 2019 project is to meet the greater demand for its free after-school Mexican folkloric dance and traditional music instruction. The 30-plus community and school performances are now seen by more than 25,000 annually.
There is a need for traditional dance outfits, as well as instruments to expand the instrument lending library for young musicians to practice and perform. Senderos’ very popular public performances help our youth and their families feel “seen” and appreciated in the public arena and open up avenues for greater tolerance, positive collaboration and community well-being.
In today’s political climate it is more important than ever to support Latino youth and their families. Gracias!
I have been part of Senderos for the past 5 years. Senderos has become my second family and my second home. I have been able to develop music and dance skills, but most importantly I have gained self-confidence, especially when performing before hundreds of people. Thanks to the Senderos community and the support of my family I have found a successful pathway through life.
Jazmin G, Santa Cruz, 15 years old