These centers are based on the evidence-based Beacon Model and support positive youth development, academic achievement and social/emotional well-being.
In alignment with the Beacon model, Mi Casa transforms Lake and North into community centers of enrichment, opportunity, resources, and safety during off-school hours by offering a wide range of activities for youth and families.
The Neighborhood Centers at North and Lake each offer comprehensive afterschool programs for youth, as well as programs for adults and families. Continuity between the two Centers is intended, as Lake students feed into North High School. This continuity allows Mi Casa to cultivate a Ladder of Leadership for participants, in which past middle school participants who are currently attending North High School can volunteer at the Lake Neighborhood Center, and eventually move up to a paid part-time staff position.