Formal Knowledge
Gaining, Applying, and Sharing
Formal Knowledge
Obtaining a
Post Secondary Degree
Parents: Guide parents to learn how to be engaged in their child's education. Bridge gap of information on how to navigate the education system. Have parents know that they can also always increase their own formal education.

Youth: Through role models and mentors. Expand vision of their own impact and potential as young leaders. Promote high standards and expectations.
Xipetotec in Nahuatl means,
"our guide to transform".

Xipetotec is the Aztec god of the West. Xipetotec is the concept that has us reflect on what is our source that allows us to transform. We can achieve this transformation only when we have learned to have trust in ourselves. It's the acknowledgment that there are cycles and seasons in our life.
Graduating high school, an associates degree, a bachelors degree, technical degree, graduate degree, or doctorate degree is only the start.
Cycles & Seasons
Transformation is not only bond to happen, but required. By shedding and leaving behind that which hinders us to transform, will allow us to put things into perspective.
Xipetotec Graduation
First Generation student celebration with the familia. Highlighting where students will go to for college, have speakers from the community, including a student leader speaker. Musical numbers and of course delicious food!
Leadership Course
A leadership course just for Latinx leaders in Utah. Open to any Latinx leader in Utah for university credit in order to become a Co-Lead in Imaginemos Utah.
Formal knowledge can include knowledge from high school, college, university, learning a new language, skill, and can be learned in or outside the classroom, and even online.
Gaining formal knowledge is not only a responsibility for the youth, but also the parents. Parents and adults must show by example how to prioritize formal education. The more informed parents and adults are about the process to obtaining a post secondary degree, the better support system and mentor they can be to the youth and young adults.

Casa Quetzalcoatl help each family member gain, apply, and share formal knowledge through our ACT prep partnerships, scholarship prep workshops, college readiness partnerships, career exploration opportunities, and workshops on topics like budgeting, emergency preparedness, healthy nutrition, mental health, and leadership.
Scholarship Prep Workshops

This program happens every Wednesday from 3pm-4:30pm at the Marmalade Library. From January to the first week of April.

Come to learn how to have an excellent scholarship application! We will mentor you about best strategies for a personal statement, scholarship resumes, interviewing skills, and letter of recommendations.

Marmalade Library - Conference Room 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Join the Casa Quetzalcoatl Youth Program!
Gaining formal knowledge involves applying all our community cultural wealth
What's "community cultural wealth"?
Dr. Yara J. Yosso:
It's the combination of capitals that includes Cultural Capital, Aspirational Capital, Familial Capital, Social Capital, Navigational Capital, Resistant Capital, and Linguistic Capital (2005).
Aspirational Capital
"refers to the ability to maintain hopes and dreams for the future, even in the face of real and perceived barriers. This resiliency is evidenced in those who allow themselves and their children to dream of possibilities beyond their present circumstances, often without the objective means to attain those goals." (Yosso, 2005)
Linguistic Capital
"includes the intellectual and social skills attained thorugh communication experiences in more than one language and/or style." Storytelling is important part of this capital for many students in Casa Quetzalcoatl, "skills [that] may include memorization, attention to detail, dramatic pauses, comedic timing, facial affect, vocal tone, volume, rhythm and rhyme" (Yosso, 2005)
Familial Capital
"refers to those cultural knowledges nurtured among familia (kin) that carry a sense of community history, memory and cultural intuition. This form of cultural wealth engages a commitment to community well being and expands the concept of family to include a more broad understanding of kinship." (Yosso, 2005)
Social Capital
"can be understood as networks of people and community resources. These peer and other social contacts can provide both instrumental and emotional support to navigate through society's institutions." (Yosso, 2005)
Navigational Capital
"refers to the skills of maneuvering through social institutions" especially those that may be unsupportive or hostile environments. (Yosso, 2005)
Resistance Capital
"refers those knowledges and skills fostered through oppositional behavior that challenges inequality...informed by a Freirean critical consciousness (1970), or recognition of the structural nature of oppression and the motivation to work towards social and racial justice, resistance takes on a transformative form." (Yosso, 2005)