Casa Familiar’s education programs serve as lifelong learning opportunities ranging from naturalization classes to self-care including creative workshops and seasonal classes for youth, adults and seniors. Casa recognizes the need for continued virtual and in person educational programming to best suit the needs of the community. We continue to address the digital divide in much of our direct services while integrating technology education in various aspects of our work, especially with our most vulnerable populations. Access to Internet, devices, and the ability to manage connectivity enhances communication with supportive networks as well as services or informative updates offered by both County and City of San Diego.
Youth Program: “Safe & Brave Environment”
Casa Familiar provides a variety of programs for children ages 6 to 12, and youth, 13- 24. Casa provides a safe and brave environment for youth and access to homework assistance, summer camp, community service hours, workshops on pursuing higher education, job readiness and leadership development.
San Diego Promise Neighborhood
Promise Neighborhood is a community of opportunity that allows children to learn, grow, and succeed. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the initiative builds on successful efforts already underway and brings together schools, community organizations, local businesses, and other community members in a local neighborhood. Inspired by the model of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Neighborhoods wrap children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community, and educational support. Casa Familiar’s area of focus is parent engagement and support. There are Promotoras located in six schools within the San Ysidro and San Diego Unified School Districts where they connect parents to the resources of need. Promotoras also serve the residents of Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, and San Ysidro. Services include educative workshops, leadership training, community events, and connecting families to resources.
- Resident Leadership Academy:
San Diego Promise Neighborhood Promotora’s provide the Resident Leadership Academy (RLAs) which are multi-week training programs for San Diego County residents who want to learn how to improve their local communities. Training sessions focus on topics such as community leadership, crime prevention and safety, land use and active transportation, and healthy food systems. Residents learn skills and best practices to address the issues that most affect their communities, and they work alongside their neighbors to help improve quality of life where they live. Upon graduation, attendees have new knowledge and access to a support network to help them lead community improvement projects.
Domestic Violence Prevention
The Domestic Violence (DV) Prevention Program at Casa Familiar, in collaboration with local community partners, works to end the cycle of violence and build awareness around DV. We provide access to resources and space to begin the process of healing.
One of our projects, is the intentional discussion guide connected to Etapas de Valor, a play curated within the San Ysidro Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative, that spreads awareness, breaks traumatic cycles, pushes for accountability, inspires, affirms, and motivates victims and survivors of DV. The guide offers a prevention course of action, and serves as a mental, emotional, physical support system.
Eviction Prevention Program
Led by City Heights CDC and a joint effort with Casa Familiar and significant tenant facing organizations, including the Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD) and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). We are aware that there is a national eviction crisis and in San Diego, low-income tenants are often one rent payment away from being evicted. Casa Familiar connects community members to educational workshops and resources on tenant rights with the goal of preventing avoidable evictions.