The HEART AfterSchool Program is pleased to announce the opening of three brand new school sites! Parents of Linwood, Royal Oaks and Cottonwood Creek can now take advantage of our free after-school program.
Parent Informational Meetings are scheduled at each school for parents to learn more about what the HEART After-School Program has to offer. We will be accepting enrollment forms at each parent meeting; they will also be available in each of the school's main offices. See below for dates and locations:
In addition to our 3 new school sites, we also received funding to expand program up to 83 additional students at each of the current schools: Annie R Mitchell, Crestwood, Goshen, Mountain View, Pinkham, Veva Blunt in Visalia; and Lincoln in Exeter. This much needed growth will begin with the new school year
Pro-Youth/HEART-STEM took students to the Tulare County Office of Education's (TCOE) inaugural Robot Riot, an event where students were able to utilize their Lego NXT programming skills in order to beat their fellow students in different competitions. Conyer Elementary student, Melody Guerrero, was awarded a first place ribbon in the Maze competition, which tasked students to program their robot to traverse a wooden maze; this competition was judged by the fastest time completed.
William Fay, an Annie R. Mitchell student, led the way in the "Sumo" event that had students build and program a robot that successfully knocked opponent's bots out of a circle. Other competitions included tug-o-war, light sensor, sprint race, turtle race, team soccer, and dancing with bots. Robot Riot featured different teams from various elementary and middle-schools throughout the Central Valley. Melody and William are first year robotics student, a program developed by HEART STEM Program, in an effort to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related curriculum. Lego Robotics was piloted at six-sites this year with plans to expand it to other Pro-Youth/HEART sites next school year.Click here to more photos
May 3, 2013--Mexican music filled Golden West's campus as Folklorico dancers twirled and kicked in their brightly colored costumes in front of a crowd of about 100 children from the HEART programs at Golden Oak and Four Creeks Elementary schools. After their performance, the five Folklorico Club dancers from Golden West's HEART program and their instructor Trino Tafoya split the students up in groups and taught them the steps. Golden West Site Director Jen May Pastores got the idea after the dancers performed at the HEART annual breakfast. Pastores decided to invite elementary schools to her site to see a performance and learn some of the steps. "They know what it's like to be a beginner, so they are patient and understanding," Tafoya said of his group's teaching skills.
The group had performed at the Golden West school assembly earlier that day and scheduled to perform in the Visalia Cinco De Mayo parade the next day. They were nervous about the upcoming performances. "I stop being nervous when the crowd gets into it," said Cynthia Espinosa. All of the dancers hoped they might inspire the younger generation to be part of a Folklorica group when they get older. Beyond the joy of spending time together learning the dances and performing in various venues, the group sees the importance in honoring their culture. "We make our parents proud because we're following their traditions. We are showing we are proud of where we're from," said Espinosa.
The Golden West HEART Folklorico group is made up of Cynthia Espinosa, Daisy Montes, Juan Torres, Elizabeth Guiterrez, and Dianna Cuevas. Click here to more photos
ProYouth announced today that we have begun a search for a new position - HEART Director. The HEART Director's goal is to meet the ProYouth mandate of supporting the highest expectations of progress and achievement for every child, through delivery of the HEART program in a context of excellence, efficiency, and continuous improvement. Applicants should click here for a PDF containing more information about the position plus application instructions. This position is not available through the on-line application system. You may apply on-line at Ed Join
Pro-Youth, a non-profit organization provides Out-of-School-Time educational and enrichment services in the Central Valley, is seeking a Controller. The position requires extensive experience in the nonprofit/governmental sector with A-133 experience, extensive experience in grant and fund accounting, experience in working with granting/funding agencies, Strong skills using Quick Books, experience in managing and supervising staff.
Please submit a resume and references to:
P.O. Box 387
Visalia, CA 93279
Attn: Laurie Isham, CEO