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Latino families face increased barriers to clean water, healthy food and wellness because of systemic and historic injustices. Join us in our effort to bring Health Equity to Latino Families in Boulder County by supporting AMISTAD.

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Promotoras De Salud

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

This nationally recognized promotora program provides the only Latina-led
leadership program for underserved Latinas in Boulder, providing educational
sessions on health and wellness with a focus on the prevention of obesity and
diabetes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, our promotora team served over 1,800 Latinos and with the COVID-19 pandemic we adapted our work and supported our community with resources. We collaborated with the Left Behind Workers Fund and our team became an outreach and screening organization and we were able to support over 300 latino immigrants with cash and rental assistance.
Since March we move to a virtual programming due to the COVID-19.
The virtual programming give us the opportunity to provide support to more than 1,800 families in Boulder County.
Some of the results:
 83% of participants indicated that they make healthier food
choices in preparing meals for family members.
 80% of participants indicated that they and their family members
are more physically active.
 From March 2016 to September 2020, Promotoras have reached a total of 4,847
Latinos in Boulder County through home visiting, outreach and
education.  Promotoras were trained and certified on Mental Health First Aid.
 Promotoras were trained and certified as Lifestyle Coaches on Diabetes
Prevention.

Justicia Refrescante

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Disabled
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Justicia Refrescante is an initiative by AMISTAD focused on telling the community's stories in order to bring attention to the pervasive health inequities in Boulder County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Passage of the City of Boulder's Sugary Drink Tax
AMISTAD helped lead a successful campaign to gain passage of a 2 cent tax on
sugary drinks in the City of Boulder. This will be generating up to $3.5 million a
year to support access to clean drinking water, healthy foods, and physical activity
opportunities for Latino families.

 In 2016, AMISTAD staff and promotoras provided education on the ballot
initiative to more than 800 Latino residents. Senior AMISTAD staff served as
one of the chief campaign spokespeople.  With a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, produced Justicia
Refrescante. Three bilingual videos featuring a Latino family described the
need for access to clean water, health foods and physical activity.

o The water inequality video reached 17,807 people through social
media and was viewed 7,372 times. ​

o Over 23,000 community members were reached through the Justicia
Refrescante campaign.

ELLOS

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

ELLOS is a program for Latino youth (ages 12-18) focused on positive youth development with a focus on substance use prevention, and as other factors leading to high school drop-out.

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Evidence of Program's Success

ELLOS
This is AMISTAD's convening of Latino fathers and their teens to strengthen
families and support Latino identity, power and engagement.
 In 2016, 25 Latino fathers and their teens participated
 In 2017, 50 Latino fathers and their teens participated
 In 2017, the keynote presentation focused on how Latino youth could use
their power and identity to succeed in life and avoid negative interactions
with the justice system.
From March 2019 to March 2020 the program was able to support 377 children and youth.

Fathers and Mothers School

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Parents

Description

Fathers and Mothers School is a series of classes designed to help parents develop specific skills to increase emotional well-being resistance based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Escuela de Madres y Padres
Companeras founder Elena Aranda developed a first-of-its-kind curriculum for
Spanish speaking parents to improve their parenting skills. Modelled on
dialectical behavior therapy, parents learn how to use skills to better regulate their
emotions, manage stress through mindfulness and be more present for their
families.
 The pilot was launched in 2016 with two groups of 12 couples, with the
program lasting eight weeks, with 90 minute weekly classes.
 Now, AMISTAD is implementing this program in partnership with the
Boulder Valley School District at University Hill and Sanchez elementary
schools. The psychology department at the University of Colorado at
Boulder will be designing and implementing an evaluation.
 In April 2018-2019, 85 parents graduated and completed the full curriculum.
In 2020, 45 parents graduated and completed the full curriculum.

Goals for your Health & Education

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Hispanics

Description

The Goals For Your Health Program promotes physical health and academic success in Latino boys and girls. It was created to develop and support all the positive changes that can take their families into a healthier and more active life. Through this program we give Latino families the opportunity to increase their education, involvement and recreation to improve their quality of life.

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Evidence of Program's Success

80% of the children participating at the program have reported that after joining the program they learned that they have to drink water instead of soda. 85% pf participants eat breakfast before going to school. 68% of the parents participations have accommodate changes at home to provide healthier foods for their children.

From March of 2019 to May of 2020 the program was able to served 580 elementary, middle and high school children and youth.

Compañeras Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Female Young Adults (20 - 25 years)
Females
Hispanics

Description

The Compañeras program was established in 2003. Its mission is to: promote the well-being of women; enhance the quality of life while expanding access to educational and cultural programs; create a network of support; develop political consciousness; and collectively mobilize social justice actions.
Compañeras works to promote and strengthen a cultural solidarity with an emphasis on companionship, respect, equality and mutual support amongst women.
We meet weekly to discuss and inspire ideas and learn. We empower immigrant women to construct their own actions and to validate their own views of contradiction between the socio-cultural myths and their own socially oppressive experience. We believe that when one person shares their experience and knowledge, others become more involved and dedicated and discover new ways to become active in their community.
For the past 13 years, AMISTAD has held workshops and an annual Compañeras Summit to increase leadership, education and empowerment for women. In 2019 over 450 women attended these workshops throughout the year and and due to COVID-19 437 from 10 different countries participated at this year's virtual annual Summit.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Some of Compañeras participants have made incredible accomplishments from starting their own business to parent participations. The annual conference COMPAÑERAS is the perfect example of success, we have seen that more than 60% of the participants have use what they learned on their daily activities. More than 55% have become more engage with their children education. More than 70% have been motivated to continued their own education.

This year our annual women's conference Companeras was virtual due to COVID-19 and we hosted 437 women from 10 different countries.

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