K-12 Educational Programs

El Centro Hispano Tutorial Program at White Plains High School

 

Last year Hispanic students at White Plains High School received academic support during the school year through this tutorial program, which was inaugurated in 1989. The program, which helps students successfully complete their studies at the high school, is in place this year also. The students are provided with tutoring, information on career opportunities, and with direct assistance regarding post-secondary educational options, college choices, application procedures, and financial aid.

 

From January to mid-March, we served 106 students with this program. In response to COVID-19, the program was temporarily suspended for a few weeks at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

 

In mid-October, the program resumed online, providing students the tools necessary to successfully navigate the school year. A total of 61 students are currently enrolled. That number will increase as the school year progresses.

 

In 2020 the program was funded by the White Plains Public Schools and the Westchester County Youth Bureau

The Lanza My Older Sister Mi Hermana Mayor
Mentoring/Tutorial Program

 

This mentoring/tutorial program, which was inaugurated in the fall of 2010, pairs 20 sixth grade female Hispanic students at the White Plains Middle School – Eastview Campus with Hispanic “sisters” attending local colleges as well as White Plains and Scarsdale High Schools. These young women and volunteers encourage the academic success of their “sisters” and support their college aspirations. The program was designed around an environment that values the students’ Latino heritage, culture, and language and demands full parent participation and commitment. It operates three times a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. during the school year.

 

As a result of COVID-19, the Mi Hermana Mayor program has been moved online until the end of the academic school year 2021. Participating students are required to actively engage with their Program Coordinator three times a week for at least an hour and half to ensure all assignment completion. In order to continue having a successful program, parent and student participation is strongly encouraged by the Coordinator’s constant communication with all participants.

 

This is a collaborative program between El Centro Hispano and the White Plains Public Schools. In 2020 it was funded by the Lanza Family Foundation, the Patrina Foundation, and the Westchester County Youth Bureau.

The Lanza My Older Brother - Mi Hermano Mayor
Tutorial Program

 

Because of the success of The Lanza My Older Sister Program, a similar program was designed to support Hispanic sixth grade boys attending the White Plains Middle School. The program was inaugurated in September 2013 at the Middle School’s Eastview Campus. The program is offered three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) during the school year from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Like the girls in the program, the boys have their own set of special male guest speakers that provide them with insights about how to navigate the future to be academically and professionally successful. In 2019 the program was funded by the Lanza Family Foundation, and the Westchester County Youth Bureau.

 

The program pairs 15 sixth grade male Hispanic students with tutors from surrounding colleges, and White Plains High School. The older tutors encourage the success of their “brothers” and tutor them in Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, English Language Arts, and other academic subjects.

 

As a result of COVID-19, the Mi Hermano Mayor program has been moved online until the end of the academic school year 2021. Participating students are required to actively engage with their Program Coordinator three times a week for at least an hour and half to ensure all assignment completion. In order to continue having a successful program, parent and student participation is strongly encouraged by the Coordinator’s constant communication with all participants..

The Perkins My Older Sister/Brother - Mi Hermana ( o ) Mayor Saturday Academy

 

The Academy, inaugurated in 2012 and redesigned in 2013, is an intensive Saturday tutorial program for middle and high school students from the White Plains Public Schools. It includes focused one-on-one tutoring in various academic subjects. At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, 50 Hispanic seventh through twelfth grade students enrolled in the tutorial program.

 

As a result of COVID-19, the Saturday Academy program has been moved online until the end of the academic school year 2021. Participating students are required to actively engage with their Program Coordinator three times a week for at least an hour and half to ensure all assignment completion. In order to continue having a successful program, parent and student participation is strongly encouraged by the Coordinator’s constant communication with all participants.

 

In 2020 the program was funded by the Perkins Family

Summer Literacy Academy

 

El Centro Hispano inaugurated a Summer Literacy Academy for Hispanic children in July of 2010. The program offers reading comprehension support and enrichment activities to second and third graders four days a week for two months during the summer. Since 2014 this program has been housed at Post Road Elementary School, thanks to the generosity of the Post Road staff and the White Plains School System.

 

In response to COVID-19, the program was revised, and the curriculum fitted to be taught virtually. Unlike previous years, we extended the program for Kindergartners and First graders who were unable to complete our Early Literacy Program due to school closures as a consequence of the virus. A total of 50 K-3 students were served.

 

 

In 2020 the Academy was funded by the Westchester County Youth Bureau and St. Faith’s House Foundation.

The Marcia and Richard Cohen Early Literacy Program

This afterschool program began in January 2013 thanks to the generosity of Sr. St. John Delany, Associate Professor at Pace University’s School of Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment. It 9 serves 10 kindergarteners and 15 first grade Hispanic students from September through May. The program offers pre-literacy and literacy support two days a week during the school year from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to kindergarten children and two days a week to first graders at Post Road Elementary School. All of the components of the curriculum aid students to thrive in the program and in school.

 

The goals of the program are to help students with weaker literacy skills, build confidence in tackling difficult assignments, create a fun learning environment that keeps the interest of every student, encourage strong writing ability, and have every student reach reading level by the end of the program. Several volunteers from El Centro Hispano help with the tutoring.

As a result of COVID-19, the Early Literacy program has been moved online until the end of the academic school year 2021. Participating students are required to actively engage with their Program Coordinator three times a week for at least an hour and half to ensure all assignment completion. In order to continue having a successful program, parent and student participation is strongly encouraged by the Coordinator’s constant communication with all participants. The program was funded by St. Faith’s Foundation and Marcia and Richard Cohen in 2020.

Culture through Technology Program

 

The Culture through Technology Program which began in 2001 met last year on Saturdays via Zoom due to COVID-19. A total of 20 fourth and fifth graders participated in the program from January - June. 20 students were enrolled in the program from September – December.

 

Half of the class time is devoted to developing students’ reading ability and to tutoring them and thus strengthening their academic skills. During the rest of the class time, students discuss topics such as: the importance of nutrition, responsibility, bullying, school environment, relationship with parents, manners and etiquette, and global warming. After each discussion, the students talk about how these themes differ across cultures. Every student develops a project as a culmination of their time in the program. The project 11 demonstrates the students’ technological, academic, and cultural knowledge as a result of taking the class. These parameters remained the same regardless of the virtual classroom setting.

 

In 2020 the program was funded by the Westchester County Youth Bureau.

Bilingual Girl Scouts Troop

This troop, founded in 1974, is the oldest continually running program of El Centro Hispano. As a result of COVID-19, all troop activities were moved online. At the end of 2020, our Troop had 44 girls enrolled. The Girl Scouts participated in several online scouting activities while learning to become better citizens.

 

Bilingual Scouts Pack and Troop

El Centro Hispano’s Pack and El Centro Hispano’s Scouts Troop, which were founded in 2005, had all of its scouting activities moved online due to COVID-19 safety measures. At the end of 2020, El Centro Hispano’s Scouts and Pack Troop had 15 boys enrolled. The Pack and Scouts Troop participated in several online scouting activities while learning to become better cit

 

 

 

 

Educational Workshops

 

Planned together with staff from the White Plains Public Schools, parents are given special workshop sessions on college planning and post-secondary school options, and how to apply for financial aid. The workshops were led by school district staff.

 

In addition to these workshops, parents of all students in all our educational programs are required to attend an orientation training meeting during the year on what steps to take to ensure their children’s academic success.

This year, El Centro Hispano and the White Plains High School Guidance Department hosted two workshops, one in March before the pandemic shut down, and the other in mid-October via Zoom.

346 South Lexington Avenue,  Isabel Elsa Villar Boulevard

White Plains, NY 10606

914-289-0500 t -  914-289-0550 f

Monday - Friday, 12 Noon - 7:00 p.m

       Isabel E. Villar, Founding Executive Director      

                   H. Judith Aucar, Deputy Director         

El Centro Hispano, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt organization.