Sandra Cañas

Cambridge program DIRECTOR


For more than 20 years Sandra Cañas has dedicated her life to working with immigrant high school youth in Cambridge, MA. Starting in 1992, Sandra built the then "City Links" program from the ground up, which is a testament to her dedication to serving immigrant youth by helping them assimilate into American society while preparing for college. Sandra always listens to the needs and wants of her students, then builds her lessons and activities to appeal to those needs while being incredibly informative and educational.

Sandra has a broad range of experience coordinating volunteers, experience as a teacher and curriculum developer. She taught Spanish Literature courses at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, was a parent coordinator for the Cambridge Public Schools Bilingual Program, and served as coordinator of the Women’s Refugee Program at Centro Presente, a local nonprofit agency.  Sandra is a former member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants, the School Council of the Cambridge Rindge School of Technical Arts, the Board of Directors of Centro Presente, and the Kid’s Council of the City of Cambridge.  She has also coordinated and led educational and service learning groups of students and teachers to various Latin American countries including El Salvador, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. 

Sandra, a native of El Salvador, has made the United States her home for the last 28 years.