Dr. Juan Andrade Jr.
Carlos H. Arce, Ph.D.
Sarita E. Brown
Wendy D. Cervantes
Ana Luisa Cody
Kipling J. Gallion
Thomas A. Saenz
and many more!
Sixteen years ago, the first national summit on Latino children was held in San Antonio, TX. It was at that event that practitioners from all over the country came together to promise to work with and on behalf of young Latinos. From that summit, the National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) was born a year later; this year we turn 15, our quinceañera.
This fall NLCI, in partnership with eLatina Voices, convened a national Latino children's summit to examine the status of young Latinos and the unique challenges they face.
Hispanics are now counted as the second largest population group. Unfortunately, the country is divided as never before and young Latinos are facing the brunt of economic, social and political forces that continue to batter their progress.
At this summit we discussed current research and exchange successful strategies to address the complex set of interconnected issues facing young Latinos. These include the impact of poverty, immigration, family status, access to education and health, and language barriers.
We know there is still much work to be done to ensure that all children are safe and have the foundation they need to succeed.
Josie F. Garza
NLCI is the only national organization whose mission is solely focused on young Latinos and eLatina Voices uses the power of the internet to encourage women to advocate and stand for Latino children and youth.