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.
Food Bank of the Rockies
In partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies, the Mi Casa Neighborhood Centers are part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Child and Adult Food Care Program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.