Greenspaces: Working with Latino Youth 2020

Instructor Name: 
Cynthia Carmina Gomez
Course Description: 

Since 2009, GREENSPACES - LATINO YOUTH has offered students the opportunity to explore the outdoors with at-risk and gang-involved Latino youth enrolled in Latino Network's Summer Academia.

                    :: COVID-19 UPDATE ::

I have been in close communication with our partners to carefully design our summer course in light of COVID-19. Students will be given the option to work on several remote service-learning projects:

1) Work with adjudicated youth and their families participating in Latino Network's Community Healing Initiative (Multnomah County) and Raices (Washington County)  programs. Activities include participating in established facilitated workshops, regular check-ins with youth, training, and small group /1:1 mentoring activities.

2) Create, facilitate, and deliver (remote learning) curriculum specifically tailored to the needs of adjudicated youth living in Washington County's Harkins House Juvenile Shelter. 

Capstone coursework focuses on the three areas of sustainability: social equity, the economy, and the environment. 

Spanish-language proficiency not required. 

This Hybrid course is taught partially online. There will be a total of 7 (seven) synchronous (during scheduled class time) meetings on 6/22, 6/24, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, and one "onsite" virtual orientation on 6/29. In addition, students will complete 25 hours of community service as well as online course content. Dates, as well as other updates, will be posted to this class website when they become available.

Depending on the project, some students may be asked to complete a Sex Offender Background Check. Our community partner, Latino Network, honors lived experiences and will not screen for other convictions. 
Trillium Lake: Students with Community Youth

Please contact faculty member Cynthia Gomez, for additional information:

Note: Cynthia also works at PSU as the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers. 

You must attend the first day of class or you will be dropped from the course.  


Oneonta Gorge: Students and youth on a hike






Project Description: 

Fieldwork: Student group fieldwork on community projects involve both direct and indirect service delivery. In-class course work involves a review of sustainability as it relates to the environment, social equity and the economy; democratic dialogue; and social justice and environmental justice theory. The coursework and fieldwork create an experience for students that deepens the understanding of critical issues facing marginalized communities with the hope that more will seek policy reform focused on social and ecological equity.




2020 Community Partners:

Latino Network

Project Proposal:

Harkins House Juvenile Shelter

Project Proposal:

NOTE: The previous title for this course was Community Greenworks.