Living in the beautiful coastal community of Half Moon Bay we are certainly lucky to pass by the ocean every day. The beauty of nature and the waves of the ocean remind us how connected we are to nature and to one another. When we pause we can hear the drum of those that walked this land before us. The power in the wind echoes the strength and resilience of the indigenous teachers that carried the determination to make community a family.
For us at ALAS, living in Half Moon Bay reminds us of the powerful reality that we all live under the same moon. This reality has inspired our vision to constantly work at serving one another with the vision for equality, advocacy and creating the next generation of leaders through cultural arts, education and our social services project. At Ayudando Latinos A Soñar we believe that every child should be supported by the community with wings to soar to success. We also recognize the natural leadership and cultural wealth that our families’ have. Together with our community of parents, youth, volunteers and ALAS staff we are excited to bring the rich cultural traditions of Mexico and our love of familia to our rural coastal town. Every day we are inspired by our youth, families and community!
As we all live under the same moon, ALAS is committed to being there to make a difference for our youth and families of our coastal community. We are proud to be the first Latino cultural arts non profit. We are also excited to be advancing the education of our youth, offering free tutoring every week to fifty children determined to move ahead in school. Our support for immigration advocacy and social justice has opened doors for families to move forward. Finally when we see our children dance, sing and perform we are inspired by their natural talents, skills and leadership that keeps our indigenous roots alive in Half Moon Bay.
Belinda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and Founder of A.L.A.S. She also is Faculty at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches in the Counseling Department. She has a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education. Her research is focused on the psychological trauma experienced by many in the immigration system as well as understanding healing spaces in the Latino community.