El Centro de las Americas

Agency
Agency name: 
El Centro de las Americas
Address: 
210 O Street
City: 
Lincoln
State: 
Nebraska
Zip: 
68508
Phone: 
402-474-3950
Director: 
Roger Garcia
Volunteer coordinator: 
Roy Rivera
Mission: 

English as a Second Language, cultural programs, children's classes,
educational outreach program and tutoring, mentoring, drug and alcohol
prevention programs, translation/interpretation, Spanish classes, mental
health referral, WIC program.

Contact
Contact name: 
Roy Rivera
Phone: 
(402) 474-3950
Available projects
Projects: 

English Classes
The courses are led by instructors trained and given materials by the Lincoln Literacy Council, but students can serve as assistants and tutors in the class. Classes are held weekday evenings. Spanish language skills are not required. The class can accommodate 3-5 NWU students throughout the week.
Tutoring Hub
During the GED and English classes offered at El Centro, there is also a tutoring group for Elementary-High School students. Programming is weekday evenings. Spanish language skills are not required. The hub can accommodate 3-5 NWU students throughout the week.
Citizenship Tutoring
El Centro offers citizenship test tutoring now, but it is available whenever a client asks - there is no set schedule. If students/classes are interested in this project, we could establish a set time each week to offer tutoring. This could coordinate with the other tutoring times on weekday evenings. Bilingual English/Spanish students will benefit most from this project. Tutoring can accommodate 3 NWU students.
Golden Warriors
El Centro began a program primarily for youth males in the juvenile justice system. It is based on cultural identity and empowerment. It is conducted in English and could use up to three volunteers on Fridays from 6-9pm. Students interested in this program would need to commit to the entire semester.
State Aid Applications
El Centro asked specifically for students with Social Work backgrounds who could assist clients in filing State aid (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.) applications. Students assisting with aid applications must be bilingual English/Spanish.
Clerical Assistance
Two students with backgrounds in Business or Accounting could gain experience working in the office at El Centro. Spanish language skills are not required.
Others:
Programs still being developed include an Independence Festival in September and a health screening in the fall. Spanish language skills are not required.

Preferred qualifications: 
Spanish speaking ability required for some projects
Hours/days per week: 
M-F 9-5, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6-9 pm
Training orientation: 
30 minutes introductory meeting with additional orientation provided by the program coordinator
Application process: 
Students can also email us directly Roy@elcentrone.org, Liz@elcentrone.org, Erik@elcentrone.org