Senderos provides a cultural and emotional home for Latinx immigrant families in Santa Cruz.
Years active: 20 years
Their story: Senderos (Spanish for pathways) was founded and is still led by native Oaxacan sisters Fe Silva-Robles and Dr. Nereida Robles as an after school youth dance class in 2001. They wanted Latinx youth to have equitable access to positive afterschool activities by connecting them to traditional cultural arts and supporting academic success for pathways to college and career.
Senderos has created annual events with many community partners that have become part of the fabric of Santa Cruz like the Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza cultural festival, Latino Role Models Conference, and Día de los Muertos with the MAH. Now serving over 350 families, Senderos dancers and musicians perform 40 times annually reaching an audience of over 20,000. We bring art, culture, education, and community together to create pathways to a brighter future.
Fundraising focus: Senderos looks for resources to purchase traditional dance outfits and musical instruments to loan to low-income youth who otherwise would not have the access to performing arts activities. Additionally, Senderos seeks funds to support their college scholarship program for Senderos youth participants who will be first in their family to pursue higher education.
Senderos keeps the immigrant community connected to their cultural roots and gives our youth a positive pathway to achieve their dreams.