El Concilio has many different programs to help the community
The Resource Center services are available to all in need of help. Through these services, we provide assistance to those with language, cultural and/or legal barriers and require additional education and advocacy for various issues. This service is free to all who are in need. Are you unsure if we can help you? That is okay. El Concilio offers this free of charge to provide help to anyone with everything from medical bills, completing applications, reviewing and consulting with court paperwork, connecting with professionals through bilingual support, or just to figure out what your next step is. Whatever you need, we are here to work with you get you where you want to be.
Niñas del corazón
The after school program, Niñas del Corazón, has the mission to help Latina girls (8-15 years old) and families to heal from acculturation, language barriers, environmental high-risk factors, and disparities. El Concilio and The Community Healing Center joined forces to design a program to benefit Latinx girls; through a four-stage program, adolescents girls will have the opportunity to get in deep conversations about social-emotional skills, life skills, and good choices as well as engage in community volunteer work. Parents will also be included since they’re a key to healthy youth development. Thanks to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation that believes in this unique initiative, Niñas del Corazón is a year-round program. There is no other similar program in the Kalamazoo area. Niñas del Corazon is unique because of its target population, inclusiveness, bilingual nature, and evidence-based training.
Danza Folklórica is a space for youth to connect and explore their Hispanic roots; It started a year ago as an initiative of two young college sisters who are passionate about teaching traditional Mexican dances. Currently, a mom who is a leader in the community is running this group, teaching Mexican dances to about 17 boys and girls between 4 to 15 years old. Their goal is to perform these dances at different community events as a way to share the Hispanic traditions with new people. Another goal of the Folkloric Dance group is to strengthen their goal-directed behavior as well as their self-management skills.
What started as a pilot program for youth in 2015 is now a soccer academy that provides new opportunities for kids in our community. The academy teaches kids great values and good health habits. There is minimal cost for registration, which provides an opportunity for many of our low-income families to participate. The community and El Concilio are working hard to continue this academy and its efforts for many years to come.
The parents, volunteers and children are witnesses to the success of the creation of this academy. There are no words to express the joy of the kids, or of the parents when they see their children play. We invite you to be part of something great for our community. Your support is important to the Aztecs FC. Your sponsorship will give the opportunity for more children to be a part of the great sense of community our league has to offer.
The Tutoring Program is an after-school program designed to help children in the Latino community with their homework or any other academic assistance they might need. Our main partner of the Tutoring Program is Omega Delta Phi Fraternity from WMU. Members from ODPh are the main providers for the program. Tutors are able to help with Math, Reading, English, Spelling, Science, History, and many other subjects as well. Talking about events in South and Central America, as well as Hispanic leaders and cultures around the world is encouraged.
To encourage personal success, as well as the success of others around the student, it is the student’s responsibility to remain respectful of other people’s property, and especially to respect and respond to the instruction of the teacher. Students are expected to be positive and encouraging towards their peers. Students will avoid the use of foul language towards each other and towards instructors.
Spanish as Second Language for Professionals
El Concilio currently offers intermediate level Spanish classes for professionals interested in developing proficiency.
If you have some experience but you are not sure if the level is the right fit for you, don’t worry! The first class is free.
For more information please contact Juliana Hafner at firstname.lastname@example.org
ESL (English as a second language) for adults
In partnership with the Kalamazoo Literacy Council and Kalamazoo Public Schools Adult Education, El Concilio is hosting ESL classes at our building!
Are you interested in signing up for summer classes? Calls us at (269) 385 6279