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.



Emily Jajcay

Director - La Semilla After-School Program



Megan Pawlak

La Semilla Coordinator



Mike Torres

Mentor/La Semilla Group Leader

Jazmine Valdez

Director of La Semilla