El Centro Cultural has been enthusiastically received by the community. “The community is definitely very curious and interested to see what is going on here. We have a number of exhibits representing Dominican, Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage and the students themselves have been able to display items belonging to their own families,” reflects Sotero. El Centro is also becoming a natural gathering place. “We have had a lot of requests from groups that want to hold meetings and events here. Waterbury Schools are starting to bring their bilingual students and we are also setting up field trips with Latino students in Hartford and New Haven,” adds Mariah Benjamin, LACE Youth Program Coordinator. Helping to create a space where Hispanic youth are empowered to explore their cultural heritage and display their pride – Timeless Impact.