Serving, Empowering, Informing Immigrant Families in the U.S.
¡Adelante! An Immigrant Empowerment Program of Latina Republic
Serving Migrant Families in Monterey County, California
¡Adelante! Virtual Tutoring Program
Migrant students in agricultural communities lack the individualized attention and resources needed to succeed academically. The COVID-19 pandemic has made these challenges even more pronounced due to distance learning, busy parents who work long shifts, language barriers for their parents or for English Language learners, and a lack of tutoring and technological resources. These challenges cause migrant students to fall behind with academic requirements at alarming rates. Immigrant children, children of farmers, foster children and front line worker children are in urgent need of emotional and academic support.
To respond to this problem, we provide virtual, 1-1 tutoring and mentoring free of charge, which consists of academic support, enrichment and personal development through one-on-one tutoring. We recruit tutors who have competencies in all core subjects and help students master material while developing trust and confidence. We also recruit tutors who were born and raised in Monterey County and have overcome the many challenges our students face. We also serve migrant mothers who wish to learn English and provide language and health resources.
The participants in our program are farm workers who live in isolated, remote locations, there is little to no access to in-person tutoring resources. Our families live and work in one of the most lucrative agricultural communities in the United States. Monterey County is dependent on migrant workers to help fulfill the demand for produce. As the families set out to work in the before sunrise hours of the day, it is imperative that educational programs arise to identify and alleviate the variables that create barriers in migrant children education. That is what the ¡Adelante! Virtual Tutoring Program was built to do. This is our mission.
Most parents have only completed elementary school. Wages range from a median of $12.79 per hour, a mean of $13.64, and a median annual income of $25,000. The majority do not work all year in agriculture; 7.5 months is the median; 44% of migrants work all year, and 20% of non-migrants work year-round. Average age at arrival is about 20; Median number of years in the US is 15 years. Two-thirds are from four states in Mexico: Oaxaca 21%, Michoacan 19%, Jalisco 14%, Guanajuato 10% and 13% self-identify as indigenous Mixtec, Triqui, Zapotec. They work in a range of crops throughout the region. 46% participate in harvest, 16% are packers and 38% participate in all other farm-related tasks such as: weeding, irrigating, thinning, pruning, loading, driving and operating machines, as evidenced by the California Institute for Rural Families most recent report.
¡Adelante! Immigration Program: Reports, Resource Development, Studies
We partner with Universities to provide service-learning opportunities connecting university students with the local community. We design active and participatory opportunities where service, research, mentoring, and reflection combine to provide experiences that improve cross-cultural communication for underserved populations in California. Through our Family Resource Specialists internships, the interns choose from a variety of topics, including education, literacy, parent and family engagement, parenting, health care, self-sufficiency, healthy relations, domestic violence prevention, economic empowerment, immigrant integration, civic engagement and cultural appreciation to research, design and deliver bilingual presentations vital to the community’s health.
Family Resource Specialists Implement the Immigration Program
They choose from a variety of topics, including education, literacy, parent and family engagement, parenting, health care, self-sufficiency, healthy relations, communication, economic empowerment, immigrant integration, civic engagement and cultural appreciation to research, design and deliver bilingual presentations vital to the community’s health. The Specialists design community assessments, engage in outreach, network and form partnership with local organization to create allyships for change. Through these activities, students develop a deeper understanding of the Latinx community and apply prior and new knowledge to help support the needs of the local community.
Through its Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, Latina Republic is helping fathers develop a set of behaviors that will enrich their fatherhood experiences through the National Fatherhood Initiative’s® (NFI) 24/7 Dad® Key Behaviors Workshop.
Latina Republic facilitates virtual workshops to help dads learn and apply the 12 key behaviors of a 24/7 Dad. The behaviors are associated with the five characteristics—or traits—of the 24/7 Dad (as identified in NFI’s evidence-based 24/7 Dad® Curriculum). Those traits are: Self-Awareness, Caring for Self, Fathering Skills, Parenting Skills, and Relationship Skills.
The virtual workshops are bilingual in Spanish and English. The schedules are flexible.
To book a virtual workshop please email [email protected]ublic.com
– Benefits of Adult Education
– Responsible Fatherhood Press Release
To book a virtual workshop please email [email protected]
We are in the process of creating more bilingual resources. Stay Tuned.