Centro Hispano

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What is Centro Hispano?


Centro Hispano offers opportunities for BYU students to serve the Hispanic community. Our mission is to provide meaningful and educational volunteer experiences for BYU students and to serve the ever-growing Hispanic Community in all capacities. Volunteers accomplish this mission by serving in the following programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Classroom Aide at Canyon Crest Elementary School: Volunteers tutor/mentor students in English or SpanishCanyon Crest has Spanish Dual Immersion programs for grades 1-6 and is located just 3 miles from BYU. Our volunteers help tutor individual students in reading or math, perform progress assessments, or whatever else the teacher needs help with that day. Volunteers can choose the grade and time. We need English volunteers for K-6th and Spanish volunteers for 1st-6th grades. Our service is greatly needed and appreciated! Tutors have the opportunity to positively impact a child's life and have all expressed how much they enjoy volunteering at Canyon Crest. Service is provided during school hours within the regular classroom setting. Time commitment is 1 hour/week for the whole semester.

 

Low Income Taxpayer’s Clinic (LITC): Volunteers serve taxpayers including those with low income or who speak English as a second language (ESL). Please visit http://www.centrohispanouc.org/low-income-taxpayer-clinic/ for more information.

 

Citizenship Exam Prep Class: In a classroom environment, volunteers help individuals prepare for the citizenship/naturalization exam.

 

Health Classes with Centro Hispano: Volunteers teach various health classes including Healthy Relationships and Tobacco Cessation. Some classes are offered in both English and Spanish.

 

Anatomy Academy in Spanish (weekly commitment required): Volunteers teach basic anatomy, physiology, and nutrition to 4th-6th grade students to promote healthy lifestyles and higher education. No previous anatomy courses needed to volunteer. Spanish fluency required.

 

Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Juan Mejia

(312) 898-9994

 

Michael Belliston

(248) 854-0994

 

Juan Hernandez

(801) 709-9175

 

Camille Mejia
(404) 477-7543 

 

Kelley Krage

(619) 534- 7087

 

 

 

How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

Complete this Form to sign-up.

 

For more information contact the program directors at centrohispano@byu.edu.

 

Experiences: 

Experiences

We had a WILK booth and asked people walking by if they'd be willing to take 5 min to write a letter to a missionary. Hundreds of people were willing and excited to help. We ended up with more than enough letters for all the missionaries of the Honduras Tegucigalpa mission for Christmas. It was really special to see the love everyone had for missionaries they'd never met!

-Camille Mejia (2017)

 

I volunteered at Canyon Crest and it was fantastic. It was always rejuvenating for me amidst a busy schedule. It was extremely rewarding to see 1st graders have "A-ha" moments as I tutored them in their reading and math.

-Aubrey Glazier (2017)