Walk into the downtown Durham offices of El Centro Hispano on any given day, and you are greeted by the hustle and bustle of the busy center. From mothers reading to their children as part of the Family Literacy program, to folks taking part in a diabetes workshop, El Centro Hispano is a community center clearly achieving its mission.
That’s why Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, in seeking to meet one of its key goals of Latino Community Outreach and Engagement, has formed a partnership with El Centro Hispano.
The flagship of that relationship is the new youth program “Enlaces.” Through this program, outreach specialists work with Hispanic students in grades four through seven at four Durham Public Schools to help the youngsters avoid risky behavior and to develop positive connections with teachers, parents and other students.
“Through this program, and our continued work with El Centro Hispano, I know that we can make a difference in the lives of many of Durham’s Latino youth,” said Phail Wynn, Jr., Vice President for Durham and Regional Affairs.
As the established “go-to” place for Durham’s diverse and growing Latino population, El Centro Hispano offers programming to improve the quality of life of the Spanish-speaking community. The Member’s Resource Office is at the core of this mission.
Located at the entrance of the office, its committed staff works to strengthen Latino families by increasing their knowledge and utilization of important community resources, as well as to improve their understanding of how local, state and national U.S. system works. In this office, members are acquainted with the many programs provided by El Centro Hispano and referred to external legal and medical services.
El Centro Hispano’s other programs provide ongoing training for community members, whether through the women’s groups, the many English as a Second Language and Spanish literacy courses, or the health and youth programs.
“We believe that El Centro is a vital organization, not only for Durham’s Latino residents, but the entire community,” Wynn said. “We hope to build a bridge between the university and the Latino community through our growing relationship with El Centro Hispano.”
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