Olga Vásquez

La Clase Mágica Site Director

Professor, UC San Diego


    We took a very different route than the other sites in terms of sustainability.  We went directly to the community which also put us in a very vulnerable position, so that we didn't have an institution that was willing to take us up like the Boys and Girls Club that has been paying for the coordinator's salary for I don't know how many years.  We don’t have that.  We went directly to the community.  We figured that if the community internalized, took up, some of the philosophy of the project, that that in itself would be a success, that it was this ripple effect, that it would go out an effect other people, generations.