Feliz en la comunidad, founded in 2014, is a service-learning program that allows students enrolled in SPAN 220, SPAN 240, SPAN260 and SPAN270 to work with various K-12 schools in the greater Los Angeles area. Through this program, students practice their Spanish, teaching, and leadership skills while increasing their involvement in Los Angeles’ culturally and socially diverse neighborhoods.
- CalCreative https://calcreative.org/
- Larchmont Charter School LFP campus https://www.larchmontcharter.org/lfp-campus
- USC Hybrid High https://www.ednovate.org/hybrid
- Hollywood High https://www.hollywoodhighschool.net/
With the guidance of the program directors’ participants engage in activities such as, but not limited to:
- preparing and conducting brief classes in Spanish for elementary or high-school students.
- preparing supplementary Spanish activities for elementary or high-school teachers.
- assisting elementary or high-school Spanish instructors in the classroom
- completing reflection sessions about their service-learning experience.
An unforgettable experience
Participating in Feliz en la Comunidad was such an unforgettable experience. It was so meaningful to enter local classrooms and give teachers some much-needed support, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it was a lot of fun to spend time with students, help them with their Spanish, and create ways for a more interactive learning experience. By discussing college life and fielding questions about college admissions with students, I hope that my work as a volunteer with Feliz en la Comunidad might inspire more students to pursue a degree in higher education. Out of my four years at USC, Feliz is one of my favorite memories as it forced me to think about my positionality as a USC student in Los Angeles and allowed me to make a positive impact on the local community.