Project Description

After-School and Summer Education

after school mentoring

La Semilla (The Seed) includes the La Semilla After-School Program and La Semilla Summer Camp. La Semilla exists to serve the children of Little Village and their families. Many children in the neighborhood encounter language barriers, gang pressure and a poor educational system. We hope to provide a safe place for them to learn and grow holistically, where confidence can be built, and where opportunity can be given.

The La Semilla After-School Program exists to serve these children, both academically and spiritually. The program includes homework help and tutoring, snack time, games, Bible lessons, gym and nutrition education, and more. It meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September through May and is open to K-6th grade students.

La Semilla Summer Camp runs during the month of July and includes Bible stories, games, crafts, singing, and field trips to various Chicago-area locations, as well as 4 days and 3 nights of camp outside the city at Dickson Valley Camp & Retreat Center. The summer camp partners with 2 other nearby churches, La Villita Community Church in Little Village and Westlawn Gospel Chapel in North Lawndale. Children who may otherwise not meet because of gang lines and racial/cultural divisions in the city come together for weekly field trips and at Dickson Valley Camp.


Latest Updates

Power of Connection!

April 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Power of Connection!

Well friends, we are in a new week! We hope that you take time this week to enjoy life and those things that bring peace and hope to you! For New Life Centers, even though [...]

Coat of Arms Help La Semilla Students Learn More About One Another

March 4th, 2019|Comments Off on Coat of Arms Help La Semilla Students Learn More About One Another

One of the goals for La Semilla after school program has been to help the students get to know one another. An activity that has helped us work towards achieving this goal was creating and [...]

La Semilla Students Invite Their Famillies for a Night of Fun

November 21st, 2018|Comments Off on La Semilla Students Invite Their Famillies for a Night of Fun

La Semilla after-school program hosted a Community Dinner for our students and their families. Nearly all of our current students and families were able to attend! Everyone enjoyed a dinner of fajitas, rice, beans & [...]


Gabidel Miranda

La Semilla Instructor

Megan Pawlak

La Semilla Instructor

Viviana Rodriguez

La Semilla Instructor

Jazmine Valdez

Director of La Semilla