La Cima Lower Columbia Bilingual Leadership Camp
La Cima Lower Columbia is a bilingual leadership camp for Latino high school students in Clatsop, Tillamook and Pacific Counties. La Cima is not a language camp. This camp is designed for Latino high school students who wish to make a positive difference in their schools and communities!
La Cima was officially established in Washington, in 2003. To develop the skills of Latino students and at the same time improve the school environment. La Cima began with 14 students in its first year and in 2016 it served 115 delegates. In spring 2017, La Cima Camp was introduced to the state of Oregon, and we served 19 Latino students our first year. Spring 2018, we had 37 Latino students participate from 5 different high schools on the coast. Spring 2019 we had 37 students sign up! Our goal is to continue involving the Latino youth in leadership roles in their personal and school lives. We hope we are able to offer La Cima LC every year and reach more Latino students on the north coast.
What students said after attending La Cima Lower Columbia 2019:
“It’s really fun and you learn so many skills that you need to succeed in the future. It’s also a safe and judge free place; warm and welcoming…and everyone treats you like family.” –Yeleni Gapi (Astoria High School)
“It’s a great experience, you really get out of your comfort zone and open up, but it’s not scary because the people around you are all there for you.” – Angelica Valencia (Tillamook High School)
“…Whether you know you’re a leader of not, it teaches you about your strengths, weaknesses, values and more. It sparks something in you to grow yourself and the way you work with others.” –Xcaret Bello (Seaside High School)
“You get to learn new skills that you wouldn’t at school and when you arrive everyone welcomes you in like family.” – Dulce Salazar (Tillamook High School)
“It’s a great experience and you learn a lot of powerful skills that will help you in the future.” –Lisette Santiago (Seaside High School)
“I would say it was a life changing experience, a positive one that makes you realize many things you didn’t before.” –Marissa Velazquez (Tillamook High School)
What will students learn or gain during the camp?
The students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, explore educational possibilities and make a plan to attain their dreams. While learning these skills they will meet other Latino students throughout the north coast and build a network of support.
What language is spoken at camp?
Leadership lessons are conducted in both English and Spanish. The camp atmosphere is open and welcoming to students who are fluent in both languages as well as students who only speak English or Spanish. The camp is staffed with adult leaders from all parts of the linguistics spectrum.
What is the cost?
There is a registration fee still TBD. Please make check payable to Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and include La Cima LC under memo. Scholarships are available if needed, please contact Andrea for more information.
What about transportation?
The school will provide transportation from the student high school to the camp site. Students can also be transported by their parent or tutor. Students’ drivers are NOT allowed.
La Cima Lower Columbia 2019
Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14, 2019
Camp Magruder – Rockaway Beach, OR
We thank our 2019 sponsors: Meyer Memorial, Northwest Health Foundation, Ford Foundation, & Clatsop County!
La Cima Lower Columbia 2018
Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15, 2018
Camp Kiwanilong – Warrenton, OR
We thank our 2018 sponsors: Meyer Memorial and Northwest Health Foundation!
La Cima Lower Columbia 2017
Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16, 2017
Camp Kiwanilong – Warrenton, OR
We thank our 2017 sponsors: Meyer Memorial, Oregon Community Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation!
Meche G. Brownlow