The Montgomery County Community Action Agency is the County’s official anti-poverty agency. The Community Action Board serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and County Council, and as an advocate on behalf of the poor and working poor of the County.
Montgomery County Community Action
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
CASA de Maryland Celebrates Youth Leadership Academy Graduates
Community Action partner, CASA de Maryland, celebrates its first graduates of the CASA Leadership Academy. Nineteen youth anticipated in the Summer Leadership Academy and will continue their participation in educational workshops throughout the fall and spring. To learn more about CASA de Maryland, please click HERE.
CASA Leadership Academy Preparing the leaders of tomorrow!
We are proud to share the news about the first graduates of CASA's Leadership Academy. Nineteen youth aged 14-15 participated in our Summer Leadership Academy. Through this program, immigrant students from Langley Park and surrounding communities were given the space, power and freedom to explore and shape their unique perspectives on the concept of identity through creative hands-on engagement, themed workshops, several field trips, and most importantly, collaborative art, music and technology projects.
The goal of the program was to explore identity as a passport that connects participants with people within and outside their own communities, and prepares them to be successful in high school and beyond. This is a critical component in the development of youth as a rapidly growing segment of the immigrant and Latino populations, and of the broader U.S. population.
This upcoming fall and spring, the Youth Program of CASA's Leadership Academy will continue strengthening the leadership skills of the first cohort of graduates from the academy by offering monthly workshops focusing on Latino history and culture. CASA will also be partnering with local artists to offer photography and art workshops for students who demonstrated curiosity in this area and who are interested in gaining knowledge of self and their communities through art. Most importantly, youth will be working closely with CASA and other community leaders to bring to light issues that directly affect them, their communities, and their schools.
There will be many opportunities for youth to become involved in CASA’s Leadership Academy!
For more information, please get in touch with our Youth Program Coordinator, Juan David Cortés, at (240) 560-8501.
Meet two of our graduates
Andy Efrain Mata Rodriguez is a 13 year-old who was born in Los Angeles but was raised in El Salvador. Andy returned to the United States last year and now resides in Hyattsville, MD with his aunts and cousins.
Andy always looks for opportunities to learn from others, and in the future wants to become a civil engineer to help his community in El Salvador build more affordable housing. To him, a leader inspires others to learn and insists that no idea is a bad idea.
The 13-year-old, rising 8th grader from Buck Lodge Middle School still has not decided what she wants to be when she grows up. There is one thing she does know: she loves to read, especially fantasy and mystery books.
Jasmin’s advice to kids her age is to take school seriously. When asked why, she responds, “Education is essential for life”.
CASA's Leadership Academy Summer 2015 Graduates
Montgomery County Community Action Agency