Staying home doesn’t mean staying silent. That’s one of the messages of Centro Latino, a nonprofit in Tacoma that provides education and resources for the Latino community. The organization is providing boxes filled with food that is typically eaten in Latino countries, resources for people in abusive situations, and other support for their community during the pandemic. In this episode of Ed Lab Live, we spoke with Yazmin Aguilar, the deputy director of Centro Latino, about ways young people can stay civically engaged and support their communities.

Ed Lab Live is a series of 15-minute-long conversations with educators, service providers, young people and others who are navigating the new world of education. Take a break with us! See the schedule for future events with links to register below. Find recordings of past events here.

Yazmin Aguilar from Centro Latino discusses ways for young people to shape their communities from inside their homes.

Tuesday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. — Virginia Burton is this year’s Truman Scholar from Washington. In this break from pandemic news, Virginia discusses how her life changed when after experiencing addiction and incarceration, she went back to university in her 40s. She’ll also describe the strength she gained from that path to push for criminal justice reform. Please follow this link to register.

Wednesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. — Teachers, child care workers and others who regularly spend time with kids out of their homes are usually the people who identify many cases of child abuse and neglect. With stay-home orders, that’s become more difficult. Rob Kregenow, M.D., is the director of the emergency department at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. He talks about identifying abuse and preventing it in the first place. Please follow this link to register.

Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. — Girls across the nation struggle to get feminine hygiene products. Schools being closed can make that even harder. Eighth graders Izzy Masias and Audrey Williams started stocking bathrooms at their middle school in Rochester, Thurston County, with tampons, pads and other products. Now they’re taking their project, No Problem. Period., to people’s houses. Please follow this link to register.