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Organization Mission

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.

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 150 youth and young adults each year.

The Big Idea:
Equity in Education and Arts for Latino Youth

In 2021 we will focus on academic and cultural arts equity for Latino youth. Senderos will provide homework help, tutoring, and mentoring for youth, and computer literacy training for parents. Distance learning has illuminated the disparities for low-income, immigrant families.

Where possible, improved connectivity, headsets, and quiet learning spaces could make a difference. Senderos also seeks to build our scholarship fund to motivate first-generation students on their pathway to higher education.

Finally, we aim to enhance methods to engage youth in our free, now virtual, music and dance classes, including purchasing more instruments to loan to our aspiring musicians and sessions with guest folklorico dance teachers. This educational and community-building project will support youth disadvantaged by inequities of income, access, and race.

In these challenging times, we hope you will recognize the importance of supporting Latino youth!

The people of Senderos have been a great support for me. Thanks to them I started to improve my grades. Before, I thought school didn't matter; but today I know that it is important to study in order to have a good future. Senderos has taken us to several universities and from these trips I learned that everything is possible if you want to achieve it. I just started at Cabrillo College to study to be a nurse so that I can help young children to be healthy.

Stefani Yodibeth Vasquez-Andosol, Santa Cruz, 19 years old