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Community Education Program Initiative

CEPI was founded in July 2015 as an expansion of the Fifth Dimension. At the time, our intention and goal was to develop and expand current parent initiatives that served families from the Whittier Boys and Girls Club and surrounding neighborhoods by promoting self-empowerment through various community education initiatives. Since then, it has grown into a program that provides learning opportunities to build community, as well as serving as a parent liaison for the Fifth Dimension. 

 

The goals of CEPI are:

CEPI strives to encourage and empower our community to use their strengths and passions to create and share with others their voice and knowledge.  It is a community driven initiative that promotes a safe and inclusive platform for individuals to practice ownership and confidence when advocating for their families and communities. We strive to work together and nurture a group of parents and family members to take initiative to guide, design, and lead their own goals through community action and education.

  • To encourage and empower our community to use their strengths and passions to create and share with others their voice and knowledge.

  • Work collaboratively with parents, family members, and the community.

  • Develop a community of parents who have a greater sense of ownership and understanding of their children’s education and who are confident in advocating for their families.

We are excited to see current projects expand and new ones be birthed all the while building relationships with parents and families to more holistically serve our youth. 

CEPI Class Members 2019-2020

* For CEPI class only *

CEPI activities

COmputer classes

College class visits

Day on Campus

EVENTS

CEPI Projects + Events

Podcast & Digital Stories

VOCES

March 29, 2019

The Community Education Program Initiative is honored to present Voces. A film where CEPI members from the local Whittier community share their voices and stories, just as they have been with their podcast. This film will have you pause and think about life in different ways and think about the little things in life that need to be embraced rather than forgotten. It will bring you laughter, joy, empowerment, and admiration

amongst other feelings.

Historias del corazón 

Stories from the Heart

May 10, 2018

Historias del Corazón is a collection of stories that were written by 16 strong women from the Whittier and surrounding communities. 

Historias del Corazón is the name of the book. 

Mi inspiración Tecnologica

May 5, 2017

This was an event where the CEPI students presented their digital stories to their community at the Hartley House at Whittier College. Ranging from different themes such as family, childhood, and their passions. 

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Nuestro Arte

December 9, 2016

The “Nuestro Arte: Community & Photography” project began from of a series of workshops on learning about digital literacy and talking about our roles as digital citizens. 

 CEPI Podcast

Meet The CEPI Team

The CEPI program runs and is possible thanks to the dedication of our undergraduate students who have a commitment to teaching and learning alongside their community. They are building connections and empowering our community.

Stephanie Carmona

CEPI Program Manager

Class of 2015 M.A

Member since Fall 2009

Joanna León

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2021

Member since Fall 2018

"I found CEPI through Fifth Dimension. CEPI taught me how to specifically explain technology. My favorite thing about the program is talking and helping the adults because they are welcoming and great people."

Natalie Graf

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2020

5D Member since 2016, CEPI Member since 2019

"I found CEPI after volunteering for events. CEPI taught me the sense of community and intergenerational collaboration. My favorite thing about the program is that the CEPI team, as well as the adults who participate, have become my family."

Tiffany Tang

Rachel Rodriguez

Ngozi Ete

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2020

Member since Fall 2019

"I found CEPI through my professor. CEPI taught me to utilize my social work skills and exhibit my potentional and excel. My favorite thing about the program is the learning environment that empowers families to lead a productive life."

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2023

Member since Fall 2019

"I found CEPI through Handshake. CEPI taught me how important and connected communities can be. My favorite thing about the program is the progress and happiness I've watched the adults experience through learning."

 

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2022

Member since Fall 2019

"I found CEPI through Handshake. CEPI taught me that technology brings us together. My favorite thing about the program is meeting new people."

Paola Herrera

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2022

Member since Fall 2018

"I found CEPI through a Child Development course. CEPI taught me that working with parents can have difficulties because everyone has different ideas. My favorite thing about the program is that there is so much to learn at all the different sites."

Laine Kotoski

CEPI Program Coordinator

Class of 2020

Member since Spring 2020

“CEPI has opened up my eyes towards adults and the world of technology. Working with the Evergreen site definitely showed me that regardless of age, we are still learning! They learn from us, and we learn from them.”

—  Niya, First year student, CEPI Support Staff

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Boys and Girls Club of Whittier: 7905 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

Evergreen Elementary School: 12915 Helmer Dr, Whittier, CA 90602

Telephone: (562) 907-4200 ext. 5038