After years of working with and building relationships with the same community of children, we noticed that our little girls were turning into little women. Certain issues had always been clear: girls receive far less opportunity for recreation in this male dominated community. But, after getting to know our little women more, new issues were clear: early pregnancy, domestic abuse, self-esteem issues. When one of our students became pregnant and lost her baby due to a domestic abuse incident while we simultaneously saw vulgar photos posted by older men on another student´s facebook page; it was clear how we needed to shape CREAR programming to fit the evolving needs of our community.
Andrea Keith, Program Director: Responsible for all administrative matters, financing, community relations, fundraising, coordination of courses/events, building maintenance, web page, social media, marketing, focusing on the long term vision, grant writing, creation of new programs, volunteer and intern coordination, coordination of volunteer groups, among other responsibilities /
Tess McGrath, Las Divinas, High School Girl's Empowerment Program Coordinator: Works directly with the Program Director in developing the curriculum and activities for the high school girl's empowerment program /
Nelson Castro, English Instructor for Adult Women's English Program in Samara and Yong Girl’s Program Coordinator: Creates and gives classes to adult women twice a week in Playa Samara in addition to creating courses for young girl’s empowerment 3 times a week /
Lindsay Fair, "Puertas Abiertas" English Program Coordinator: Coordination of staff and classes for free English classes in Heredia to 20 single, low income mothers through the Puertas Abiertas program /
Johannah Waite, 3D Printing Classes Instructor: Develops curriculum and designs classes given to high school girls on 3D printing /
Kimberly Eraca, Pied Piper Engineering Concepts Instructor: Develops curriculum and designs classes for young girls related to STEM concepts /
La Asociacion CREAR Board of Directors: Laura Ellington, Lindsay LaVelle, Tess McGrath, Alvaro Teran, Johannah Waite