Lisa Tripp

Research Assistant with La Clase Mágica

Graduate Student, UC San Diego

    One of the ways that we've gone about thinking about creating a sustainable project is to think about getting the community involved from the very beginning.  So we've had different members of the community that we're involved in -- the church where La Clase Mágica started -- start helping us with the project and helping think about how to design the project so that it really meets the community's needs.  So from the very beginning, we've been involved in that dialog with the community and involved community members in different moments of making decisions about the project.  As the program has developed, then we've also thought at different moments -- we've tried to get parents involved in thinking about the fundraising and thinking about how to develop the program and how to make the program better, and it's an ongoing challenge and it's an ongoing issue of thinking about how to make it work, how to keep getting parents involved and how to give them spaces to have valuable contributions to the program, but I think it's an important part of creating a sustainable project because then you can have lots of people ideally invested in seeing that the program survives and being willing to do extra fundraising or extra giving of their time to help run the program.  So we have for instance, on Fridays our site is run by parents.