Latino Network provides transformative opportunities, services, and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communitiesVision
Our thriving Latino community is respected and engaged.History
Latino Network was founded in 1996 by community leaders who grew concerned about the lack of adequate resources to meet the needs of the growing Latino community. Since that time, we have evolved to become an organization that also encompasses transformational programs aimed at educating and empowering Multnomah County Latinos. Low achievement scores, youth violence and high drop out rates undermine the Latino community’s potential. We address these issues by promoting early literacy, encouraging parent involvement, working with gang-involved and adjudicated youth and families, and providing academic support and activities to high school aged youth.Focus
Latino Network promotes social change by cultivating the power of the Latino community. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families. Our programs address three critical drivers of success for our community: education, civic leadership, and family stability.We Value:
- The advocacy, leadership and engagement of Latinos in the decisions that affect their lives.
- Our history and languages and our continued connection to them.
- The power of partnership and collaboration.
- The strength of our community’s rich diversity.
- Education and the advancement of our children and youth.
Our programs for children and parents, youth and adults help improve community livability, foster civic participation, and prepare for educational and life success.: