El Centro De La Raza
The Center for People of All Races
A voice and a hub for the Latino community as we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice
What We Do

Child and Youth Programs

We seek to address the immediate needs of the children and youth in our community as well as to prepare them for their futures.

José Martí Child Development Center

Provides bilingual, multicultural curriculum to children ages 1-4 to develop child’s self-awareness, cultural pride, self-esteem and build cognitive development skills. Provides accessible, affordable, quality childcare that nurtures the self-awareness, self-esteem, and cultural pride of our children using a bilingual, multicultural curriculum. We are the only nationally accredited bilingual child development center in Washington. Folleto en español. English Brochure.

Luis Alfonso Velasquez After School Program

Provides mentoring and tutoring to students ages 5-12 to improve academic success and positive interaction with students of all backgrounds through bilingual, multicultural mentoring and tutoring to improve school attendance, homework completion and academic performance. Students engage in a variety of activities that afford them the opportunity for academic success and positive interaction with people of all backgrounds.

College Readiness

Cultivates low-income Latino youth for higher education and future success by clarifying the requirements for college admission, tutoring students, assisting with school application and scholarship processes, coordinating college visits, and teaching parents how to become involved in the college preparation process. Students are individually assessed to establish their educational and career goals. Students are empowered to increase their perception of post-secondary education as an attainable goal to increase their focus on academics and help prevent delinquent and violent behavior. Click here to view a list of scholarship resources.

Parent Involvement in Education

Provides workshops and case management to educate parents and their families about how to navigate and become involved in the school system in order to support the academic goals of their child. Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services that increase parents’ involvement in parent/teacher meetings and school activites while preparing parents to effectively guide their children through school entry, transitions, and graduation. Case managers also work with parents of students who need to retake the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) exam to provide parents with the tools to help their children succeed. The program offers monthly workshops on various topics related to success in school.

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention

Provides resources, support and alternatives for youth who are at a high risk of perpetuating or being victimized by violence. Provides case management services, in partnership with the City of Seattle, to Latina/o and other youth ages 12-17 and their families, who reside in or attend school in Central, Southeast, and Southwest Seattle. The objective of this program is to provide youth with the tools and guidance they need to increase their positive involvement in school and reduce and prevent criminal activity.

Hope for Youth Civil Rights History, Hip Hop & Poetry Classes

Provides Chicano/Latino and other communities of color with accurate history, civil rights, poetry, and service-learning classes to students at Ballard, Chief Sealth, and Garfield high schools, the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, and Denny Middle School. The program is run as a joint effort with Seattle Public Schools and classes meet graduation requirements. Hope for Youth promotes positive self-expression, improves academic performance, develops and strengthens social skills and gives Latino youth and youth of color the opportunity to learn more about their community and the contributions their communities have made to the U.S.


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2524 16th Avenue S
Seattle, Washington 98144