Our Digital Connectors program is funded by Comcast and makes it possible for young adults to develop their skills in using computers, applications, and the Internet, and then use what they have learned to provide several hours a month volunteering at non-profit organizations, senior centers, churches, local schools, and even their own homes, to make the community aware of how broadband can change their lives and help them connect to others. It is currently offered at West High School.

                                                       

Centro’s Healthy Relationships program is funded by the Utah Department of Health and seeks to prevent rape and sexual violence among the state’s Latino population. It addresses the sexual violence risk factors and cultural idiosyncrasies of this demographic and recognizes parental involvement as a preventive measure.

According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data of 9th – 12th graders across the United States, Hispanic teens have higher rates of dating violence than their white peers. During the 12 months preceding the survey 11.5 percent of Hispanic teens had been subjected to dating violence versus 8 percent of Caucasian teens. Hispanic youth also have higher rates of forced sexual intercourse than white students.

Centro’s Healthy Relationships program serves youth ages 10 to 16. It focuses on educating students about sexuality, gender roles, healthy relationships, and improving family communication. Hispanic teens surveyed for the Voices Heard report of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy indicated that they place a higher value on advice about sexuality from their parents than from their friends.

Centro's program offers workshops on the teenage dating scene and the signs of abuse in a relationship to parents. It also addresses the cultural factors that may foster domestic violence and capitalizes on their potential strength to dissipate violence. For example, a macho in its positive connotation is a man who takes care of his family (would not hurt them). The program incorporates lessons on the media and the messages it sends regarding sexuality and gender.   

Nuevo Día is a bilingual education and life-skills building program for Latinas ages 9 to 12 years old and their mothers. The program is designed to strengthen positive parent-child relationships through a variety of learning experiences. Both mother and daughter have the chance to develop positive friendships with other Latinas that help the youth maintain positive family relationships and avoid destructive habits as they move into their teenage years.

Our main goals are to provide information and education to our Latinas, to prepare them to make better decisions in their future. To accomplish this we focus on:

     Improve family relations

      Increase Parenting Skills

      Improve child's behavior and performance at school

      Increase children's social competencies

      Reduce or prevent alcohol and drug abuse

Our girls learn how to set goals, accept responsibility for their actions, cope with peer pressure, develop positive self-esteem and make responsible decisions. Mothers also get a chance to participate in programs that are designed to help them:

      Build a stronger relationship with their daughters

      Develop new life skills

      Further their education

 



Services

Our services are designed to help us reach our goals in a very positive and productive way. Families have the opportunity to spend about four hours each week at the Nuevo Día center. Young girls and their mothers participate separately in program activities designed specifically for them. Families then come together at the end of the session to discuss how to implement skills learned in the evening's activities, which include:

      Academic Tutoring: Girls receive academic tutoring to help maintain or improve school                                                                   performance.

      Community Mentoring: Volunteers from the Latino community serve as mentors and examples for young girls.

      Life Skills Classes: Awareness lessons about tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as other risk factors.

      Parenting Classes: Sessions with mothers build parenting skills, teach English as a second language, and encourage parents to further their education.

      Recreation/Education Activities: Monthly activity where families participate on enriching and mind expanding experiences as well as mother and daughter quality time. We search for activities that promote education and Latino cultural pride; these activities have a positive impact in our families.

      Childcare: Childcare is provided for younger children so parents can attend Nuevo Día activities.

For more information about this program, please contact Javier Campos, Program Coordinator, at j.camposThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (801) 521-4473.