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Join Us for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund Training Series: Final Sessions PDF Print E-mail

As part of the first-ever New York City Council funded Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, the Hispanic Federation has been able to offer numerous capacity building trainings to representatives from grantee organizations. Expert facilitators have engaged participants with information vital to the growth and sustainability of our nonprofit community. Seven workshops covering Advocacy to Leverage Government Resources, Financial Management for Nonprofit Executives and Non-Financial Managers, and Board Development have trained over 125 participants so far.  “We want to make sure that organizations don’t just get financial support but that they also get the training to better manage their organizations,” said HF President José Calderón.  “These workshops build the capacity of our nonprofit leaders and help them lead their organizations more effectively.”

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HF and NY Senator Espaillat Fight for Farm Workers’ Rights PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, May 21st, Hispanic Federation will partner with NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat to hold a meeting to discuss Farm Worker Rights & the NYS Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act. This legislation would extend basic labor rights (day of rest, overtime, collective bargaining and others) to our migrant farm worker brothers and sisters, rights that most other workers are already granted.  According to some researchers, farm workers in New York can often work 60 to 80 hours per week, without being paid for overtime and often under dangerous working conditions. While most farms are a long way from many of us, it is paramount that we stand in solidarity with our familia and fellow New Yorkers to pass a state law that has been held hostage for over a decade. The NYS Assembly has been a consistent supporter, while most upstate and Long Island Senators have been opposed to this bill. In April of this year, the legislation passed through the Senate Labor Committee by a vote of 12-4. We need to build off this momentum by supporting this campaign and focus attention on the plight of New York’s farmworkers and the ways in which Sen. Espaillat’s (and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan’s) legislation finally addresses this largely forgotten part of the Latino community.

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HF Co-Sponsors Forum on Unaccompanied Minors for Social Service Providers PDF Print E-mail

Between fiscal years 2013 and 2014, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States through the border with Mexico soared.  More than 60,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the border just last summer.  Many of these children hail from violent and economically depressed nations such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  They arrive in the United States—an increasing number of them girls and children under the age of 12—searching for a new life or to be reconnected with family members already here. They are subjected to violence, harassment, and often bound into work arrangements that approach the worst types of forced labor.  For many community-based organizations in New York, the arrival of these young people has presented numerous challenges including navigating complicated immigration laws, resolving issues of guardianship, and providing access to housing, education and health care.

On April 30th, Hispanic Federation, together with Montefiore Medical Center, Children’s Health Fund, Catholic Charities, and the New York Immigration Coalition organized a panel presentation on the best ways in which social service providers can provide services to unaccompanied minors in our area.  “The fact is that this crisis isn’t over,” said HF President José Calderón.  “Children continue to make the dangerous crossing over the border and they continue to arrive in our area. We owed it to our member agencies—many of which are providing important services to these kids—to help them understand the unique challenges posed by this population.”  Panelists provided participants with overviews of the root causes of the migration, understanding the immigration laws that impact these children, and explanations of the many health related issues that these children confront including mental health issues related to trauma.

To view the panel presentation online, please click HERE

For a PDF of the PowerPoint presentations made by panelists, click HERE

 
HF & CREAR Futuros Present “Funny Money” PDF Print E-mail

In an effort to address financial illiteracy among young Latinos in New York, the Hispanic Federation has partnered with Citi and the Room 28 comedy troupe to launch the “Funny Money” skit series.  The program targets CREAR Futuros participants and City University of New York students, and touches on three financial situations common to college aged young adults. Through the initiative, we’re working to ensure that students are thinking critically about the impact of their financial decisions. The “Funny Money” sessions are hosted at the three participating CREAR Futuros CUNY campuses: LaGuardia Community College in Queens, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, and Lehman College in the Bronx.  So far, two of the three sessions have been held; the last will take place at the end of the May.

CREAR Futuros aims to significantly increase the retention, academic success, and graduation rates of Latino students in targeted CUNY colleges. For more information on CREAR Futuros and Funny Money, please contact HF’s Director of Education, Christina Ramos: (212) 233-8955 ext. 136 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
HF Partners with CUNY and Univision to Help Latino Families Prepare for College Success PDF Print E-mail

We know all too well that the overwhelming majority of Latino parents want and expect their children to do well in school and to attend college, but far too few understand the steps and tasks needed to prepare for college. This Spring, HF partnered with CUNY's Director of Admissions Richard Alvarez and his team to launch borough-wide Pathways College Readiness trainings with Latino families. These FREE sessions were open to all, and provided hundreds of parents and students with information on the common core standards, high school graduation requirements, the SAT, applying to college, and how to access financial aid.

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