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
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.