What is Alcance por Mi Barrio?

Alcance is a youth center that provides education and activities for at risk children and teens.

The goal of Alcance is to keep said children and young adults out of gang violence and other dangerous possibilities by removing free time and instead providing useful yet fun learning activities. At maya we have been working with Alcance for over 2 years and have developed a plan where we help provide activities to keep them entertained.

During COVID-19

Upon the start of the pandemic we adapted and moved all of our activities to an online system. Due to Alcance’s lack of internet access, we have had to search for new ways to reach out and teach in entertaining ways. We implemented a worksheet and video method that essentially covers all of the clubs we used to run for them in an online fashion. Every two weeks, whenever Alcance sent out help packages to their community members, we sent out worksheets of different fun activities.

Since this year, we started to hold Saturday sessions were kids and adults come on campus and learn subjects such as math, english and science and also get to do fun enrichment sessions,such as cooking and crafts. Usually, the saturday session runs from 7:30 to 10:40! This activity is opened for all mebmbers of the community to teach their own sessions and be part of a service activity.

Kids playing around with NHS member Ian at Saturday Sessions

3 students making science experiments at Saturday Sessions

Student walking to the bus wearing the butterfly wings she made at the Arts and Crafts session

NHS Member Angelina teaching a student

How Can You Help?

You can donate to the cause directly for the children of Alcance. We buy materials, necessities for the facilities, and more. 100% of your donation will go towards Alcance.

You can sign up to help in our Saturday sessions! The sign up form can be found in Mr. Muller's weekly emails and the Maya MEMO filmed every Monday!