Casa de Esperanza believes that every Latina, her family and community deserve the best possible advocacy and supports. Healthy families and communities are created by their members, not by agencies, but organizations that serve Latinas can offer assistance and strategies that enhance and enrich their lives.
In order to do this, agencies and activists must be equipped with culturally-relevant information and tools that are grounded in the lived realities of Latinas. Approaches that work in other cultures might not necessarily work in Latin@ communities. Supports and advocacy must be informed by and tailored for the women, children and men who are accessing them.
The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities offers trainings, mentoring, coaching, and consultations (also known as technical assistance) to help organizations and providers work effectively with Latinas and strengthen the fabric of their local communities and families. Our trainings are informed by more than thirty years of direct work with our local Latin@ communities and by our expanding national and international work.
“Sharing what we do” is the best way to describe the National Latin@ Network's work with Latin@ groups. Our highly skilled team of facilitators and trainers –all Latin@s- will listen, collaborate and customize trainings and consultations to the specific needs of each organization and community. We cover a vast array of topics, from the nuts and bolts of how to run an agency to specialized training on working with immigrant Latinas and engaging Latin@ communities. For a list of topics of trainings and consultations that are available, please go to training topics.
The National Latin@ Network offers free trainings and consultations to any US-based Latin@ organization (whether their main focus is domestic violence or not), and any other organizations actively funded by the Family Violence Prevention Services Administration (US Department of Health and Human Services) or the Office on Violence Against Women (US Department of Justice). For a fee, we also offer trainings to any national or international organization.
We firmly believe that some of the best learning happens in peer-to-peer interactions, so we also facilitate relationship building. To that effect, the National Latin@ Network organizes regular national conferences, roundtables, encuentros and events across the United States, focusing on cutting-edge areas of practice, policy and research. Our staff frequently presents at local, state, regional, national and international conferences. We also offer bi-monthly free webinars–in Spanish and English- to provide advocates across the country with opportunities to learn about and discuss topics of interest.
For more information on upcoming events and webinars, please visit our calendar.
We believe that every Latina-serving agency should have access to first-rate training and consultations, so that all Latinas, their families and communities receive the advocacy and supports they deserve to lead full and fruitful lives.
For more information on trainings, consultations and events, please contact Heidi Notario-Smull at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-303-3541.