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Summer STEAM Review
It's a wrap!

Our 12th Annual Summer STEAM Program was a great success! This 4-week program was kicked off with the kids engaging in activities such as water bottle rockets and sumo robotics. Throughout the program, students were given engineering challenges to sharpen their critical thinking skills and group collaboration. 

Without the help of our partners the Girl Scouts, OSU Extension, and Intel, students would not have had such great hands-on experiences. Generous donations from Metro, the Hillsboro Hops, and OMSI made field trips possible and students enjoyed practicing baseball with the Hops players and learning in private labs at OMSI. Children and parents alike were pleased with the program and the staff. We look forward to continuing to provide experiences that the children would not otherwise enjoy.


For more information contact Lindsay Garcia (Education Program Manager)  lgarcia@centrocultural.org
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Chehalem Ridge Nature Park - Master Plan Approved!
Our two year partnership with Oregon Metro helped Metro Council approve a community-oriented master plan.

We've partnered with Oregon Metro for the last two years to help mold the Chehalem Ridge Nature Park Master Plan. Last Thursday, October 19th, saw Metro Council unanimously approve the plan.  We're incredibly proud of the work we did to ensure that communities of color have their vision deeply embedded in the fabric of this park. Metro will open the 1,200 acre nature park in 2020 for public use.


Centro Awarded $150,000
...in Community Development Block Grant dollars to renovate building

Washington County in Oregon has awarded Centro $150,000 of Community Development Block Grant FY 17-18 dollars from the Public Facilities Portfolio to renovate Centro Cultural's Cornelius campus facilities. The award will be invested in updating infrastructure, repairing aging HVAC systems, improving space usage and access, and enhancing security features across the Cornelius campus. The funded projects will take place from July 2017-June 2018.

For more information please contact Robert Rios (Operations Director) at  rrios@centrocultural.org


Diversifying the Urban Forestry Sector
In parternership with TRK and Muslim Education Trust                                         

Tualatin Riverkeepers,  Centro Cultural,   Muslim Educational Trust  and  Oregon Community Trees  would like to announce year two of our exciting new jobs training opportunity for our community. In Fall of 2017, we will launch another introductory training for jobs in environmental careers, specifically for Urban Forestry.  Urban Forestry   is the study of designing, installing, and managing trees in an urban and semi-urbanized landscape. 

Urban Foresters are jobs that are in demand because small and large businesses as well as cities and public agencies employ urban foresters to design and install trees on their properties. This includes restaurants, corporate industrial facilities, malls and city parks to name a few.

For more information visit our website 

Contact MET's Rania Ayoub rania@metpdx.org or Centro Cultural's Juan Carlos González  jgonzalez@centrocultural.org


¡El Grito! 
Festival Comunitario

Centro Cultural de Washington County and the City of Hillsboro proudly announced a new partnership to produce the all-new "El Grito" Community Celebration. Hosted at Hillsboro's Shute Park on September 16, 2017. The festival was a huge success. The event included family activities, regional Latin food options, a concert, and a traditional "Grito" Ceremony. Thousands  participated in the event.

Visit our El Grito page to view pictures of the event!





Esperanza Deportation Relief Fund
$45,000 Investment from the Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Community Foundation                                                      

Centro Cultural proudly announces the Esperanza Deportation Relief Fund - a project aimed to provide : immigration advocacy services, direct economic relief to families that have a main household income earner deported or in the process of deportation, and referral networks for youth experiencing trauma. Thank you to our three funders; The Collins Foundation with a $20,000 seed investment, $19,000 from Meyer Memorial Trust and $6,000 Oregon Community Foundation. 

The project is a result of Centro Cultural's project development team and The Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, a partnership between The Collins Foundation, MRG Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust.

The Esperanza fund allowed us to support 15 DACA recipients from across the state with renewal application costs. It's a part of our broader mission to support and empower our immigrant communities. Here's a snapshot on the impact our fund made these last few weeks.



Defend DACA
Community Vigil                                                       

On October 6th we lit 800 candles to raise awareness for the 800,000 DACA youth - 1 candle symbolically represented 1,000 DACA recipients - in the United States. The executive decision to rescind DACA not only impacts hundreds of thousands of youth across the country, but over 11,000 here in Oregon. October 6th was the first day the program prevents recipients from renewing their permits.

Read the Hillsboro Tribune's Press Release here.

Thank you for your continuous support and standing in solidarity with Dreamers across the country and in our community.



Upcoming Events!

Costume Kumbia Night   
  ...back again this year!      
                                          

Cumbia in a costume and celebrate Centro with friends. We're proud to present Costume Kumbia Night, a mini-fundraiser, to support Centro's programs and operations.  The event will be hosted on October 28th, 2017 from 8PM - Midnight. 

The best costume of the night will be awarded a fun prize!

Tickets are on sale and follow our Costume Kumbia Night facebook page for more updates.

Dia de los Muertos 2017                                        
Day of the Dead (Spanish:  Díade Muertos) is a Mexican holiday throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially in the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember firends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

The evening will present several alters, Mexican snacks hosted by Centro, arts, crafts and much more.

For more information check out our facebook page.
Meet the Newest Additions to the Centro Team!

Angie Jimenez
Career Development Coordinator

We're proud to welcome Angie Jimenez to the Prosperidad team as a Career Development Coordinator. Angie will work with Hillsboro residents to build workforce skills, remove barriers to employment and inspire Prosperity.





Angeles Godinez
Program Coordinator

Angeles, a Cornelius native, joins us as a Program Coordinator to deliver critical family navigation services. She will spearhead projects like the Esperanza Fund, Lego Robotics and Soy Sano.

Angeles graduated from Goucher College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, Physics and Math.



Kevin Guzman
Youth Career Coordinator

Kevin Guzman, a 2016 Goucher College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and History, joins our Prosperidad team to help youth 16-24 navigate their career opportunities in Washington County. A Baltimore native, Kevin is loving the Pacific Northwest!


Esmeralda Flores
Public Engagement Coordinator

Please welcome Esmeralda Flores to the Centro team as a Public Engagement Coordinator. Esmeralda is a 2016 Oregon State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Esmeralda will work with regional partners to advance racial equity, and help advocate for the future of families of color!






Ivette Herdia
Project Coordinator

Ivette Heredia, a Hermiston, Oregon native, joins the Centro team having graduated from Pacific University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business Strategy. Ivette holds a strong passion for effective communications, project management and community engagement. We're thrilled to have her join our team.