Woodbridge Youth Leadership
Development Programs

For more information or questions about youth programs in Woodbridge:

Laritza Pantoja | (717) 214-4226 or [email protected]

Mi Espacio is an after school program that promotes successful high school graduation, leadership development, post-secondary enrollment and career readiness. Students grades ninth through twelve currently attending Gar-field High School are eligible for enrollment. The program meets after school Monday through Friday and includes the following components:

  • Individual and small group tutoring
  • Workshops pertaining to college and career readiness, financial literacy and health
  • Enrichment activities such as sports, art, field trips and community service opportunities
  • Leadership development and opportunities for civic engagement

Family workshops are held in the evenings at CASA’s Woodbridge Welcome Center throughout the school year. Workshop topics include but are not limited to the following: career mapping, financial aid for college enrollment, financial literacy for the workforce, youth leadership and civic engagement.

Through financial aid clinics, CASA staff individually assist youth in applying for financial aid to cover the cost of post-secondary enrollment including FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VASA (Virginia Alternative State Aid)

Not sure if you are eligible for VASA? Here are the requirements:

  • Virginia residents who have certain nonimmigrant visa statuses, are undocumented, have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or are otherwise ineligible to file the FAFSA and would like to be considered for state financial aid

The Summer Internship Experience is an opportunity for immigrant youth in Prince William County to develop and reinforce new workforce skills by pairing them with culturally and linguistically competent professional mentors across various industries. The experience also serves as a resume builder and, in many cases, a chance for youth to gain firsthand insight into their self-identified career field.