Children of Little Village Receive a Big Investment in their Future
La Semilla, New Life Centers’ thriving after-school program, means “the seed.” That name is certainly apt for Jasmine Valdez. In 2001, she was one of the first children to enroll in the program. Now, in the full circle of a seed that is nurtured, grows, and sows further seeds, she is the director of the La Semilla program.
“This is my dream job, to be giving back to the organization and direct the program that meant so much to my life,” said Valdez.
La Semilla serves first through eighth grade students and their families in Chicago’s Little Village community. The program provides homework help, daily nutritious meals, healthy alternatives to deter youth from violence, a network of caring adults who help youth navigate resources, and life skills through mentorship, access to physical education, and supportive family resources.