Latina Adolescent Program

Community Healing Centers’ Niñas del Corazón (Girls of the Heart) Programa, is modeled after the S.T.R.E.E.T. After School Program, and provides child mental health services, developmental assistance, education assistance, and more. Using evidence-based models, this program has been proven to be successful at tackling challenges individuals face.

The program serves as a breezeway or safe haven for adolescent girls ages 8 through 15 during critical hours. It is the first of its kind to be implemented in the region and has a new approach that provides immediate support to address environmental factors, needs and concerns of the community, while focusing on Latina girls and their families. It addresses low academic performance, underage drinking, and drug use and its effects on the family, acculturation trauma awareness, and social emotional skills development opportunities.

Transportation is provided through a partnership with Metro Transit and healthy nurturing meals are served daily.

The program is implemented in stages:

  • Stage 1: 20 sessions of evidence-based life skills training for middle schoolers.
  • Stage 2: 20 sessions of evidence-based life skills training for high schoolers by Gilbert J. Botvin promoting health and personal development.
  • Stage 3: An evidence-based program for parents of children ages 9-14 called: Guiding Good Choices by J. David Hawkins, Ph. D. and Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D.
  • Stage 4: Participants engage in community volunteer work.
  • Stage 5:  Graduation ceremony and discussion on college/career planning.

Staff is culturally competent, bi-lingual, and of familiar backgrounds. Educational curriculums are in Spanish.


Program Overview


Latina Youth ages 10 – 17


Monday through Thursday from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm


We strive to strengthen the Edison Community by helping Latina girls and their families to heal from acculturation trauma, language barriers, environmental high-risk factors, and academic disparities.

Niñas del Corazón teaches survival skills, builds  trust and respect, nurtures partnerships through collaboration, how to gain and utilize community resources, teaches how to acquire higher academic performance, builds social emotional development, addresses language barrier issues, decreases underage drinking and drug use, and empowers participants to move forward.

This is the first program of its kind in the Kalamazoo region designed specifically to address the needs of Latina girls and families in the Edison neighborhood.

The program takes place at El Concilio inside Saint Joseph Catholic Church building, 912 Lake Street.

Please contact 269-385- 6279 or 269-343-1651 for more information.