Working with Latino Youth

Instructor Name: 
Cynthia Carmina Gomez
Course Description: 

Working with Latinx Youth: ​Since 2007, this course has offered students the opportunity to explore the outdoors with gang-impacted Latino youth enrolled in UNO: Unidos Navegando Oportunidades which is part of Latino Network's Youth Empowerment and Violence Prevention Program. Students can also choose to complete indirect service options such as research, data collection, and curriculum development. Capstone coursework focuses on the three areas of sustainability: social equity, the economy, and the environment. Spanish-language proficiency not required. 



Community Partner: Latino Network

Youth Empowerment and Violence Prevention Program:

Students will:

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

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

3) Create a historical archive related to Latino Network's youth violence prevention efforts.

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

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: 

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.