Casa de Amistad: Making a Difference, One Child at a TimeCasa de Amistad: Making a Difference, One Child at a Time

Our Story


Since it began in 1997, Casa de Amistad's academic mentoring program has grown from serving just 3 children on its first night to over 250 children and adults annually. Students participating in Casa de Amistad are from school districts throughout coastal North County San Diego. Currently, 204 students come from Solana Beach School District, Del Mar Union School District, Encinitas Union School District, Cardiff School District, Carlsbad Unified School District and San Dieguito Union High School District. Over 100 individuals volunteer weekly as tutors/mentors.

In the past 16 years, teachers in our area schools have noticed an increase in homework completion and classroom participation, as well as improved grades and higher test scores among Casa's students. Many of Casa's 12th grade students have applied to and have been accepted at a number of California’s top universities. Since Casa began, the number of participating students going on to college continues to rise.

Casa de Amistad Staff Members

  • Nicole Mione-Green - Executive Director
  • Deanna Wolf - Program Coordinator
  • Juan Gaytan- Parent Coordinator
  • Claudette Enriquez- Program Assistant

Board of Directors

Serving on our Board of Directors are:

  • Sarah Wiley - President
  • Elly Garner - Vice President
  • George "Joe" LaBreche - Treasurer
  • Miles Rush - Secretary
  • Leslie Monteath - Member
  • Randall Peterson - Member
  • Jan Wier - Member 
  • Gayle Valentino - Member
  • Rosa Ramos - Member (Parent Council Representative)

Our Services

Students (Grades K-12)

Children enrolled in Casa de Amistad are provided educational assistance through our Study Companions Program. This program pairs trained volunteers (tutors/mentors) with students in a close working relationship. Our objective is to encourage our students to accomplish homework assignments in a complete and timely manner as well as to focus on reading, math and science skills improvement. Study skills development and character education are also stressed. Study Companions meets throughout the school year.

In addition to weekly tutoring, Casa de Amistad also offers a Summer Enrichment Program. The Summer Enrichment Program runs for three weeks in August. Students in Grades K-6 have an opportunity to learn and work in a fun and exciting educational environment.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

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The study companion program assists students in science and mathematics to increase both their academic achievement and interest level in these areas.  The program seeks out volunteer tutors with STEM based backgrounds to provide the student with mentors that reinforce the value of future careers in the science and technlogy fields.  Today only 16 percent of high school seniors in America are proficient in mathematics and intereted in a STEM career.  We believe that providing STEM based educational assistance to the population of students we serve will help prepare them to compete more effectively in a job market requiring STEM based skills. 


SBPC Literacy Academy

This program is offered by the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center. All adults are invited to attend English classes on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 103.  Each class includes instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  

Academia del alfabetismo de la SBPC

Todos adultos están invitados asistir las clases de ingles los martes a las 6:00pm-7:30pm en el salón 103.  Este programa es ofrecido por la iglesia presbiteriana de Solana Beach. Cada clase incluye instrucción de la lectura, la escritura, y unas actividades de escuchar.  

Community Partners

BuildingIn addition to the many individuals that support our educational efforts, Casa de Amistad has developed a number of strategic partnerships in the north San Diego County region. The products, services and financial donations that are received from our community partners are what enable Casa de Amistad to serve so many families in the Hispanic and Latino community.

The Solana Beach Presbyterian Church generously makes available approximately 3,164 square feet of facility space. This space includes a computer lab, which Casa built with funds provided by several foundations, the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and individual donors. Also included in this space is a resource room which contains hundreds of books, tapes and educational materials.

Casa’s Community Partners include:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Casa de Amistad, Centro de Enseñanza is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the education and character development of Hispanic children and their families in coastal North County San Diego. It was incorporated in August 2001 as an expansion of the tutoring program at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC). Each Tuesday and Thursday evening, children from the local Hispanic community meet at the Casa facilities on the SBPC campus, where volunteer mentors assist the children with their homework. A Summer Enrichment program is also offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings each August. Since it began in 1997, the tutoring program has grown from serving just 3 children the first night to over 200 children annually. Over 100 individuals volunteer as educational mentors.

The cornerstone of Casa de Amistad is its Study Companions Program. The purpose of Study Companions is to provide educational mentoring with the goal of improving the academic achievement of Hispanic children in grades K-12. This is accomplished through relationship-building between students and mentors, homework coaching and encouragement, study skills development, character education and field trips. The program meets during the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A Summer Enrichment program for students in Grades K-6 is offered during August.

Casa has partnered with the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center to provide English classes for adults on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 

Casa parents are actively involved. Our parents' group is expanding this fall to include parent education classes and quarterly family activities. Parents also support the program by volunteering in the classrooms and assisting with administration.

Casa de Amistad has developed several strategic partnerships. Solana Beach Presbyterian Church has made available to Casa de Amistad approximately 3,164 square feet of facility space. Facilities are located at the corner of San Rodolfo and Stevens Avenues in Solana Beach. The Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas is supporting Casa de Amistad through their Community Connections Program, which provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities to Hispanic families served by Casa. The Solana Beach School District partners with Casa de Amistad in both the Summer Enrichment Program and the CBET program. Representatives from local schools and other community organizations serve on Casa's Education Committee which oversees all educational programming at Casa. Representatives from Casa de Amistad actively participate in the Solana Beach Education Coalition.

Casa de Amistad relies on funding from private foundations, community organizations, churches and individuals. Among its supporters are SBPC's Hispanic Ministries, the Parker Foundation, the Rotary Club of Del Mar, the Cush Automotive Charitable Foundation, the Pfizer Foundation and the Kappa Delta Foundation. For a full list of Casa’s Community Partners, click on the Community Partners link under About Us.

Speakers are available for brief presentations to local organizations. Volunteer mentors are being recruited for the current school year. For more information, please call Program Director Nicole Mione-Green at (858) 509-2590 or e-mail her at

Phase 1 of the Casa de Amistad facility was dedicated in May, 2002. Phase 1 includes a community room and a resource center which is directed at improving literacy. Phase 2 was complete in the fall of 2005 and includes a state-of-the-art technology center and administrative offices. The completion of the technology center has opened up training opportunities for both children and adults.

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