Proyecto Cuídate Receives NCLR Award
July 21, 2014 | Chicago, IL
Proyecto Cuídate, Erie House’s program focused on building stronger, healthier families and preventing violence in the home and community, was awarded the 2014 Family Strengthening Award by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, July 19th.
Executive Director Celena Roldán Moreno, Senior Director of Development & Communications Kirstin Chernawsky and Director of Health & Advocacy Michael Guarrine traveled to Los Angeles, California, to represent Erie House at the conference and accept the award on behalf of the Proyecto Cuídate program.
"Like so many other Erie House programs that preceded it, Proyecto Cuídate provides a critical safety net and aims to invest in the well-being of the children and families in our communities,” said Roldán Moreno.
“The tremendous, cutting-edge work of [Site Director] Sandy De Leon and her colleagues has made Proyecto Cuídate a wellspring of resources and support for families in Little Village and its surrounding communities. We couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments and what this national recognition from NCLR signifies."
The Proyecto Cuídate program began in 2010 and serves local families through Erie House’s Little Village site as part of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Family Advocacy Center initiative. Programs and services include parenting classes, women wellness and empowerment groups, and one-on-one support services and referrals for all members of the family.
To learn more, you can listen to a fun Q&A conversation with Little Village Site Director, Sandy DeLeon.
NCLR Annual Conference
“Think. Create. Aspire.” served as the theme for this year’s NCLR Annual Conference, with content placing significant emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education fields. Attendees were able to gather ideas and resources for dialing up their efforts to empower Latino youth in these curricular areas.
It was a timely and appropriate topic for Erie House, as STEM initiatives play a central role in Erie’s YOU and TEAM programs and curriculum (see story). To that end, a third of TEAM mentors work in STEM-related fields, and roughly half of all TEAM graduates pursue a STEM-related major at a four-year college or university.
On Sunday, Roldán-Moreno and Chernawsky participated in a roundtable discussion on telecommunications and challenges facing the Latino community, including access and the continued digital divide as well as equipping users with Internet safety knowledge.
NCLR is the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the country, and its Annual Conference typically attracts key players in the political, economic and cultural arenas. Notable speakers at this year’s event included Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D–Ill.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), activist filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.