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Centro Nueva Creación promotes resilience in young people through educational enrichment and engagement in the Arts and Latino Cultures

Centro's 28 Day Challenge

Be one of 28 Donors to donate $28 in 28 DAYS

This challenge will raise $784, allowing Centro to:

-Provide one child a month scholarship for the afterschool program;


-Partner with three Teaching Artists for a month;


-Purchase arts and craft supplies
and seeds to plant in the Centro garden this spring!

Your dollars go FAR at Centro! And this month they'll go even further because for the first 10 donors, the Centro Board will match 1/3 of your donation!


Centro Nueva Creación (Centro) is located in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia, a center of Philadelphia’s Latino community. Centro opened in 1994 in response to a community survey that revealed concerns about the negative impact the neighborhood had on its children. Labeled the “Badlands” by the media, at that time Fairhill was one of Philadelphia’s most depressed and dangerous neighborhoods: 61% of Fairhill’s residents lived in poverty; more than 50% of Fairhill’s children did not graduate from high school; and drugs sales were a Fairhill industry.

A July 2012 survey indicated that the need for Cento’s program is as important in 2012 as it was in 1994. More than 50% of the children served by Centro come from single caregiver homes; the majority of the students are “economically disadvantaged;” and many of them struggle academically. The 2010 School Performance Index for William Cramp Elementary School (where 90% of Centro students attend) indicates that nearly 95% of students are economically disadvantaged.

Caregivers reported that the most important services Centro offers include: 1) safety during out-of-school-time; 2) homework help; 3) exposure to the arts; and 4) an opportunity to socialize with their peers.

Centro offers arts and Latino culture-based out-of-school time programs to children in K-5th grade. Students receive homework help, individualized tutoring, and access to a well-stocked library. Students also participate in arts and culture workshops that include photography, poetry, mural painting, gardening, and Bomba dance and drumming. (Bomba is a traditional folk music style of Puerto Rico). All of these classes are taught by professional artists. Student art work and performances are showcased throughout the Fairhill neighborhood and the broader Philadelphia community through art exhibitions.

Not only is participating in the arts for arts' sake important, Centro believes that through the arts and cultural education, students can build important 21st century skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

From September 2012 through June 2013, Centro’s after school program will work with the theme Goodlands in Focus (GIF). Implementing the project-based learning model, GIF will employ photography, poetry, and other visual, literary, and performing arts to provide children with experiences that enable them to develop a personal voice and a positive identity that will contribute to their success both in and out of school. Each student will participate in photography and poetry workshops on a weekly basis as a part of engaging, real-world projects that appeal to children, beginning with self-exploration and moving outward to family, community, city, country and world.

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Centro Nueva Creación promotes resilience in young people through educational enrichment and engagement in the Arts and Latino Cultures

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