Working with Latine Youth

Instructor Name: 
Cynthia Carmina Gómez
Course Description: 


Since 2007, this course has offered students the opportunity to work with Latine youth enrolled in Latino Network's Summer Youth Programs. Students work directly with youth in community-based settings. On a case-by-case basis, students may also choose to complete indirect service options such as research, data collection, and curriculum development. This is not guaranteed; all students should expect to work directly with youth.

Spanish-language proficiency is not required. 

Community Partner: Latino Network


Ninth Grade Counts:

On-Site: Roosevelt, Reynolds, or McDaniel (students are put into teams)


Youth Empowerment and Violence Prevention Program:

On-site: Rockwood neighborhood, outer SE Portland


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

Students will:

1) Work with youth. Activities include participating in established facilitated workshops, regular check-ins with youth, training, and small group activities.

2) Create, facilitate, and deliver a curriculum specifically tailored to the needs of youth. 

3) As needed: Indirect service - including archiving and other activities

Sex Offender Background Check Requirement: Our community partner, Latino Network, honors lived experiences and will not screen for other convictions.
Trillium Lake: Students with Community Youth

Don't hesitate to contact faculty member Cynthia Gomez for additional information:

Note: Cynthia also works at PSU as the Director of Community & Civic Impact. Before this role, she served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers for nine years. 

You must attend the first day of class, or you will be dropped from the course. There are no exceptions. Given the sensitive nature of our work, all sessions are required. If you plan to miss any scheduled activities, you may find it challenging to complete the course requirements successfully. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

Oneonta Gorge: Students and youth on a hike












June 24th through July 31st, Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:30 - 1:20

  • On Campus: Monday, June 24th

  • On Campus: Wednesday, June 26th 

  • On Campus: Monday, July 1st (Latino Network Orientation by campus partners: How to work with youth, expectations and best practices)

  • On Campus: Wednesday, July 3rd  (Latino Network Orientation pt 2 by campus partners: Fieldwork details and finalize scheduling)

  • On Campus: Monday, July 8th 

  • Off Campus: Wednesday, July 10th (On-site training at school sites)

  • Off Campus: Monday, July 15th

  • Off Campus: Wednesday, July 17th

  • Off Campus: Monday, July 22nd

  • Off Campus: Wednesday, July 24th

  • On Campus: Monday, July 29th

  • On Campus: Wednesday, July 31st

REQUIRED: Students complete 20+ hours of fieldwork between July 11th and the 26th. The hours are flexible and based on the program's needs. 

Project Description: 

Coursework 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.

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