We are very excited to share with you all, information on a project we've undertaken here in the CLC. We have been given an opportunity to enhance some of our space through our partnership with University Neighborhood Partners (UNP). Google and UNP are sponsoring the creation of eight Our CASA (Communities Aspiring, Succeeding, Achieving) locations across the west side of Salt Lake, and The Glendale + Mt. View CLC will be the home of the largest Our CASA so far! Although we do not have a solid date yet, we will be hosting a Grand Opening press event this Spring honoring the work and contributions of all those involved in creating these spaces.
Our CASAs (formally called College Lounges) are spaces dedicated to paving educational pathways in the lives all those who enter. This program is a wonderful alignment of the values of community school work and the goal of creating a college-minded student body. Our CASAs are spaces where people of all ages can come and be supported on their paths toward self-actualization and education. This might be mentoring students in the Learning Lab, parents earning their GEDs through the Distance Education program, families learning English and studying to become U.S. Citizens, or college preparation workshops for our Middle and High School students. Most Our CASA locations are starting from the ground up, and have to dedicate funds to establish space and partnerships to provide these services. We are fortunate to have many of these programs already in place, so we are able to use the money donated by UNP and Google to make improvements to the space where all this programming already takes place: rooms 193 & 194 of the CLC.
A committee of dedicated staff and community partners surveyed parents, students, administration, and program providers to create a proposal for the most meaningful way to utilize this donation. At the heart of Our CASA will be a wall mural designed by Justin Johnson but created through community collaboration. We will be purchasing additional furniture pieces, hanging things on walls, adding a reading corner, hanging bulletin boards and working on a community asset map. We are dedicated to creating a space which will be warm and inviting to everyone. When more information is available about the date of our grand opening, we will be sure to pass it along!