Domestically, Latina Republic advocates, reports, and distributes empowerment resources that positively impact immigrant families. As an ethnic press, and California NGO we use our news coverage and social media channels as platforms to lift immigrant voices. We are committed to improving the state of our community by providing Latinos with vital resources and training that directly counter public charge stereotypes. We promote small business launching, personal and family health, domestic violence prevention, nutrition access, financial literacy, economic security & know your rights campaigns. We develop and deliver bilingual community educational materials that inform and fill the gap in information. We promote our mission through community outreach, resource development, and story advocacy. Latina Republic believes that Latinos will become protagonists in the recovery story of the post-COVID- 19 United States, and emerge a resilient and impactful group of society.
Advancement of Latino Families through Self-sufficiency & Vital Rights Information:
1. Economy: We seek to disseminate successful business and financial practices to promote the inclusion and rise of Latino small businesses. With a special emphasis on empowering Latinas as enterprising women, we seek to inspire them to become engines of economic growth in their communities.
2. Small Business Launching: The Latino community is uniquely affected by the ongoing pandemic as some are being laid off, furloughed or have reduced hours while others are being called upon to risk their health and continue to work in essential businesses. Many members of our community will be fiscally impacted from this pandemic with little to no resources to help revive their finances. Latina Republic will bridge the gap in our community through virtual and in-person, step by step instruction for launching a small business.
3. Financial Literacy: Latina Republic provides bilingual resources for creating healthy financial habits that include, how to save, how to work with a budget, how to avoid debt, understanding credit cards and loans, and saving wisely. The goal is to build confidence in our community’s financial decision-making through practices that stimulate financial independence and the advancement of our community.
4. Know Your Rights: The Public Charge rule does not apply to all immigrants; however, lack of information and fear has led many Latinos to withdraw from various forms of assistance for which they qualify. When applying for a green card or visa, some people must pass a public charge test; which is a review of a set of criteria, including age, income, health, education and skills (including English language skills), in addition to a sponsor’s affidavit of support. The test can also evaluate the use of certain public programs. Yet, Public Charge does not apply to all immigrants. Since misinformation and fear surround this topic, we provide vital Know Your Rights information and Public Charge rule information as part of our empowerment workshops understanding that public charge considerations are entangled with several social problems. At stake, is access to WIC, CHIP, school lunches, food banks, shelters, state or local health care programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, “EBT” or “Food Stamps”), among other benefits.
Advancement of Latino Families through Health and Healthy Habits:
1. Health and Mental Health Awareness: Part of the misinformation in our communities relate to the question of access to health care services. Many immigrants are eligible for health insurance, yet they fear applying. They can also receive treatment in emergency rooms, community health centers, migrant health centers, free clinics, and public hospitals. Most do not know that everyone has a right to an interpreter when seeking health care or applying for health insurance. Staying healthy allows Latinos to continue working and supporting their families. Programs, like Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplace Coverage (“Obamacare”), School Breakfast & Lunch, WIC and SNAP (“food stamps”) help children lead healthier and stronger lives. Latina Republic informs the community through a convergence of resources, expertise, and integrated efforts that promote health as accessible. We deliver educational modules addressing mental health, physical health, diabetes, healthy eating, stress-relief, and self-care in Latino families.
2. Domestic Violence Prevention: Immigrants are less likely to report their abuse to the police or seek formal support from agencies due to fear of deportation. Latina Republic equips vulnerable populations in the Latinx community with resources, health services, and comprehensive exit/safety strategies to prevent abuse from happening, especially in the lives of youth, through interactive training and workshops. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Latinx women, youth, the elderly, to share the same roof as their abusive partner, father/mother, or boyfriend/girlfriend. Our workshops focus on developing healthy relationships with family members, community members, and other individuals; we empower the community to create a safety plan to leave an unhealthy relationship.
3. Latino Youth Empowerment through Dance, Arts and Sport: Latina Republic is currently designing the launch of a monthly Latino Youth Expo, where youth will have an opportunity to explore their interests in dance, arts and sports by attending a mini expo where various service providers will be present. We believe that extracurricular activities have a positive impact on mental and physical health and help strengthen the college admission application and provide increased opportunities and career choices.
4. Latino Youth Empowerment through Higher-Ed Access: Higher education is critical for self-empowerment, financial success, and healthy living. By providing college access resources to the communities and families that we serve, Latino youth will be more likely to achieve economic stability. Our training will include: Writing the Personal Statement for the Common Application, Navigating the University of California System, and Understanding Financial Aid Packages. Financial aid packages are confusing. This poses serious financial risks for students from low-income families. By agreeing to the terms and conditions of ambiguous financial awards that come with various loan types and amounts, incoming Latino college students are more likely to accrue crippling debt which can impact their future financial stability. Therefore, this activity aims to counsel students one-on-one on the best financial options available for their college education. The workshop series will also include college readiness skills.