SPARKS Summer Camp Is In Full Swing!
As we come to the end of July, it is hard to believe there are just 2 more weeks of SPARKS Summer Camp. We have had an amazing summer with children in our community and are really excited for the final field trips and activities planned before school starts. Youth at Creekside Village Community Center […]
Sacramento Families Explore the Environment
United Community’s Sacramento Neighborhood Center participated in Fairfax County NAACP’s Family Fun Day at Mount Vernon Woods Park on Saturday, June 4. Families enjoyed eco-friendly activities and learned more about environmental resources in the community. Community members of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of environmental exploration, including bird watching, counting caterpillars, and flower dying. Families also made DIY binoculars, participated in recycling relay races, and played other outdoor games.
Progreso’s Teachers Honored by Fairfax County
The volunteer teachers at Progreso Literacy and Citizenship Center received a Stronger Together nomination at the 30th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. Progreso has at least 10 teachers who volunteer their time to help refugees and immigrants in our community. They lead semester-long English and Citizenship courses. Many of them have served the community […]
Second THRIVE Graduation Held
THRIVE program continues to help adults become workforce ready! United Community’s Sacramento Neighborhood Center (SNC) held a graduation brunch last week to honor this round’s THRIVE participants for their hard work and dedication to gaining new skills. SNC developed THRIVE (Together Helping Reintroduce Individuals to Valuable Education) as a 10-week course to help adults develop computer skills, engage in health and wellness activities, and become more workforce ready.
Community School’s Positive Impact
United Community’s two Community Schools Coordinators, Delia Montecinos and Marcia St. John-Cunning, were spotlighted by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in a recent article. Delia and Marcia work hard to provide individualized, holistic support that has improved learning, strengthened families, and created a healthier community.
One Woman’s Journey to Citizenship
Maria came to United Community Progreso Literacy and Citizenship Center in 2019, but her journey to naturalization started long before.
Putting the SPARK Back Into Learning at Summer Camp
“Let me ask you a question; do plants eat things the way we humans do?” Twenty pairs of young eyes at United Community’s Creekside Community Center turn towards Samantha, an instructor with The Children’s Science Center. She’s holding a laminated poster with scientific diagrams on it. A chorus of “No’s” answer back. One child mentions […]
Back and Better Than Ever: Early Learning Center Reopens After COVID Shutdown
Sixteen months after closing its doors due to the COVID pandemic, United Community’s Early Learning Center welcomed little learners back to their classrooms on Thursday. “My son has been asking everyday “Mommy, when can I go back?,” one parent shared. “We’re so excited!” It’s hard to tell who’s happier to be back — the teachers, […]
The emPower Hour: Teenage Tutors Find Ways to Give Back During COVID
It’s 3:55pm on a Wednesday as ten-year old Harris runs down the stairs of his apartment building, and starts sprinting to the Creekside Community Center. His virtual school day technically ended two hours earlier; but his favorite part of virtual learning — the emPower hour — starts in 5 minutes. And he doesn’t want to […]