A few days ago, I visited the CPACS building in Chamblee, just off Buford Highway. To say that I was surprised; would be an understatement. I found half of the waiting room filled by Latinos. While CPACS was created to primarily serve the Pan-Asian population; it also serves daily a good number of Latinos, African … Continue reading Center for Pan-Asian Community Services
“LaAmistad” began assisting Hispanic students with homework and their parents with ESL (English as a Second Language) in 2000. The unlikely hero was the Director of Recreation for a Gym @ Peachtree Presbyterian Church who saw a need and jumped to helped. Over the years, “LaAmistad” (Friendship in English); a religious based non-profit based in … Continue reading LaAmistad, A Decade of Successful Programming
Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition – Promotoras de Salud are community health advisors that bring cancer awareness, early detection and prevention to the Hispanic Latino population of Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon and Polk counties of Northwest Georgia. The NWGA Promotoras also provide healthcare services and one-on-one education, and patient navigation services when needed. NWGA Promotoras help … Continue reading NWGA Cancer Coalition Promotoras de Salud
This post is based on an original article posted on La Voz Latina, a monthly bilingual publication covering “Low Country” (Southeast Georgia and South Carolina). To download their March edition, please click here) The girls in Troop 30634 led by Andrea Hinojosa call themselves “Green Teens”. They are on their third year of a “Challenge … Continue reading Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Are Changing Lives
Doing what we can, with what we have, now Op-ed by Alyse Lopez-Salm, MPH, CHES This past week I received an email from a former Spanish-speaking client who has been working diligently to rebuild her life after leaving an abusive partner several years ago. She wanted to let me know that she signed-up for health … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act and healthcare coverage in Latino Communities
Our spotlight this month goes to “HoPe – Hispanic Organization Promoting Education”. An incredible non-profit organization ran entirely by student volunteers. I first learned about HoPe when they launched their GLOW Dance Contest last year. I became very interested in the work they do and their creative and engaging approach. HoPe started in 2009 to … Continue reading "HoPe – Hispanic Organization Promoting Education"
This exemplifies all too well the feeling of most young Latino in the US brought when little kids and able to see that melting-pot and puzzle that our country is becoming.
In 2005 (9 years ago) there was a paper published in the Journal for Latino Education named “Educational Barriers for Latinos in Georgia” discussing the educational barriers for Latinos in Georgia as a gateway state and their outcomes. The authors, Bohon, Stephanie A.; MacPherson, Heather; Atiles, Jorge H., all form UGA; included the following excerpt: … Continue reading Educational Barriers for Latinos in GA
Gustavo Madrigal, one of the 6 students is from Griffin, Georgia. ” The Graduates” a two-part film by Independent Lens exploring pressing issues on education can be watched at PBS. Gustavo started school in the U.S. in fifth grade, after being brought from Mexico by his undocumented parents. They emphasized academics and set high standards, … Continue reading The Graduates – Gustavo Madrigal
This is a summary and comment based on an article by New America Media / Mundo Hispánico, (Johanes Roselló, Translated by Elena Shore) Traducción al español A poll released by the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of Latinos could not name a national leader in their community. But a look at the immigrant rights … Continue reading Georgia's Latino Boom Leaders
This small religious-based organization in Athens is a great example of engaging the local community both as service recipients, donors and volunteers. Oasis offers after-school tutoring to over 100 children (mostly Hispanic) whose parents are unable to assist them with homework due to their limited knowledge of English and low literacy level. Additionally, “OASIS” … Continue reading SPOTLIGHT: Oasis Catolico Santa Rafaela
During the last couple of years, as an organizer and contractor for non-profits; I have been frustrated by the lack of resources that compile not only events within the Hispanic community in Georgia but also the best work done by the many non-profits that work in our state. Every month I hear of a new … Continue reading Supporting Those That Do Good