Cada Casa International facilitates impassioned learning and cultural enrichment through interest exploration, skill building, creative expression, and community development opportunities.
DIT: Do It Together. Although we embrace the philosophy of building instead buying (creation over consuming), we also encourage the concept of DIT: Do It Together. There are people in the community around you who are experienced and passionate about the topics that interest you. Cada Casa aims to help connect youth with similarly passionate mentors/teachers/individuals/organizations, provide the materials, and the opportunity to let you explore the world around you.
Skill Building & Knowledge Intersection: While school separates knowledge into different classes, Cada Casa offers integrated learning opportunities that demonstrate how discrete skills are applicable to youth in modern life. The result is an increased understanding of an ecosystem of disciplines that facilitates the development of critical, capable, creative, renaissance humans. The screen printer learns basic accounting and color theory; the barista explores ecology and engineering; the music producer organizes shows and conceptualizes digital marketing.
Although the majority of our programming is developed for young people, we believe that learning is a lifelong process and we do not limit those who are interested in participating. Many of our outreach programs aim to engage underserved communities that may not feel represented in or connected to the current education system.
As passion is a key element to our educational philosophy, we pride ourselves with the team that we have created here at Cada Casa. Whether it be local artists, musicians, or educators, all of our staff sincerely enjoy sharing what they are most passionate about. Click here to learn more.
In the Community
Cada Casa is very proud to be an active member of the Beaverton, Portland and Central Oregon community. In the Portland Metro Area (primarily Beaverton) we have teamed with Syner, Hillsboro Soccer Club, Beaverton High School, the Beaverton Snowboarding Alliance, West Sylvan Middle School, and Shelter-Us. In and around Bend we have worked with many groups, including non-profits such as Rise Up, CAUSA, Jobs for Justice, Deschutes County Mental Health, Oregon Rush Soccer Club and our partner non-profit, PoetHouse Art. Our involvement with the youth in and around Bend includes classes with Bend High School, Tumalo Middle School, J Bar J, NorthStar, and more.
Cada Casa was started to offer a different form of learning for today's youth. The idea behind community education is that there is a wealth of skills and information that can be learned from one's environment. It is the role of cada casa to facilitate such learning. Founder, Tymon Emch, has spent over a decade working with children in many forums, which has eventually led to the creation of this educator/student facilitation. Tymon is a Dual Language (Two-Way Immersion) Science teacher in the Beaverton school district, but Cada Casa started well before this.
In 2008, Tymon spent 6 months living and working at a children's home in Cusco, Peru. While teaching English, and acting as Director of Extracurricular Activities, Tymon found that there was a disconnection between the children's perception of education and its relation to their life. A new class was created where passionate college students and US volunteers came and spoke to the group about what they do, and how education was integral to this process. Classes included the creation of a newspaper, mock-archeology excavations, screen-printing, web-site development, musicianship, and more. It became apparent that people could become great educators when assisted with curriculum development and when done so with great passionate. Returning to the US, Tymon brought this idea of transforming enthusiastic, inspired members of our community into educators of new, interesting classes.
In 2008, initial classes included Bilingual Soccer, Art Movements and Techniques, and Conversational Spanish, and Math Tutoring. With support from the community, Cada Casa grew and partnered with PoetHouse art to provide more and more classes. These programs became more popular, and soon we were in public middle and high schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, half-way homes, and much more. Check out some of our Past Classes.
In 2013 we offered our first full-day summer school hosted at Straub Middle School, in Salem, Oregon. Students chose their own four class schedule with a wide range of academic, arts, and sport classes. This year also started to offer our classes in the Beaverton School District funded by internal grants. These classes included Spoken Poetry is Transformational (Beaverton High and Meadow Park), Electronic Music Production (Beaverton High), and other soccer and arts programs for a variety of schools and ages.
In the News
Although elements of Cada Casa International have included workshops in Indonesia, Peru, and Tunisia, in 2018 we brought our first group of students to Costa Rica.
Since our founding, we have expanded from Central Oregon to Salem, Portland and Beaverton. If you are interested in hosting some of our classes at your school, please feel free to contact us.