El Nido Newsblast April, 2014

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Planning for Prosperity | Compton Youth Tutoring | Alumni Association Member
El Nido Interviewed by NBC on Teen Pregnancy Report

El Nido Joins Univision to Help Families Plan for Prosperity at Financial Fair

Univision interviews Elsa Rojas regarding El Nido's role in educating Latino families on the affordable Care Act
Univision interviews Elsa Rojas regarding El Nido's role in educating Latino families on the affordable Care Act

For the second year, El Nido was invited by Univision to participate in Feria Financiera: Plan Prosperidad (Financial Fair: Plan Prosperity), a free event, open to the public hosted by the Spanish-language television network and USC and presented by Wells Fargo. The fair offered seminars on personal finance, small business, education aid, and home and car buying. It was held March 9 on the University Park Campus.


Aracelly Godinez, El Nido's FamilySource Center Program Director, shared her extensive knowledge with standing room only groups at her Financial Literacy Workshops for parents.   


Aracelly has provided financial literacy classes to El Nido families in the San Fernando Valley thanks to the generosity of Citibank. El Nido is also able to provide financial literacy classes in Compton with the support of Wells Fargo.

Champions for Families Awards Dinner
Save the Date!

El Nido's
Champions for Families Awards Dinner

Will be Held
October 16, 2014

at the
Skirball Cultural Center

in Los Angeles

More details to follow!
El Nido Partners with Big Up Kidz and Shiekh Shoes to Help Compton Children and Families
Compton youth tutoring Compton youth


El Nido has served the Compton community for almost 30 years. El Nido's Compton Youth Development Program partners with schools, and law enforcement to help at-risk youth embrace a positive path to responsible adulthood.


Now, El Nido has formed a new initiative with Big Up Kidz called Cross-Age Tutoring. Students and tutors meet at the Shiekh Community Center in Compton, provided by Shiekh Shoes, the popular footwear retailer.


Homework help for kids in Compton

Cross-Age Tutoring benefits both older and younger students. Children without schoolwork help may struggle and fall behind in school, risking dropping out altogether. Older students find the work simple and get a sense of pride from helping their younger counterparts and are able to "give back" to the community. Tutors are chosen from dedicated young men and women who have been in El Nido's Compton Youth Development Program for six months or longer, and come from families who support academic achievement.  


Karen Sanchez, an El Nido tutor sums up her feelings about the program; "Being a tutor, I am making a difference in the lives of many kids."

Meet El Nido Alumni
Joe Celguera

Alumni Association Member Joe

Our dynamic Alumni Association includes former clients who are college graduates and/or are currently in college. They are excellent representatives of the agency and are mentors for current clients.
  The alumni speak to client groups, serving as role models for what teens can achieve with commitment and support. They are inspirational and passionate advocates for our services. We are delighted to introduce Joe, another member of our Alumni Association. who came to El Nido through a job preparation program generously funded by the Edelstein Family Foundation.

"El Nido's Harold Cares About Your Future Program," were a lot of words that didn't have much meaning to me ten years ago when I was a 16 year-old teen father. Now at the age of 26, it represents the beginning of my journey in the workforce. The program taught me about career choices; grounding the idea that young parents can continue their educational plans, while obtaining the tools and resources needed to acquire skills that will lead to a successful career.  


"The program gave me confidence to apply for jobs that were related to my occupational goal. After I completed the program, I interviewed for a position working for a company that developed my ambitions in computer programs, graphic design and print production. This was my start in the marketing media, graphic design and print publication business."


Today Joe owns his own thriving business and continues his work helping El Nido clients succeed.