Hispanic women are much more likely than non-Hispanic women to live in poverty. Many times they lack the education, experience and skills – even the self-confidence – to pursue gainful and stable employment.
The ¡Avanzando Juntas! Latinas’ Economic Empowerment Program is an innovative program that offers Latinas the opportunity to capitalize on their interests, skills and talents in their journey of personal and professional growth. We encourage, support and inspire participants to start their own micro-enterprises as they acquire the knowledge and tools needed to succeed. The program was launched in 2014 with funds from The Coca-Cola Foundation and is tailored to meet the needs of Latina immigrants.
Essentially, we are creating a space where Latinas can get the knowledge, support and entrepreneurial skills necessary to become economically stable. Our program has a strong cultural and linguistic foundation and is tailored specifically for Latinas.
A critical component of the program is the Latina Empowerment Conference. The 2nd Annual Latina Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
¡Avanzando Juntas! offers programs in various areas: Women and Business, Women and Education and Women and Employment. You can participate in different programs at the same time.
Women & Business
“Planning Your Business” is an entrepreneurship course offered in Spanish to Latinas who already have a clear idea of the type of business they want to open. The course, designed by experienced entrepreneurs, offers the know-how and tools so that participants can put their business plan into action. At the end of the eight-week course, students will have a road map that will steer them toward starting their own business. The business plan will also help participants seek capital.
¡Avanzando Juntas! participants will gain access to a mentoring program and networking events, as well as be considered to receive a microloan, if eligible.
The class is offered four times a year. Upcoming courses start in:
August 2 and August 5
October 4 and October 7
Before beginning the free eight-week course, prospective participants must attend two mandatory classes.
Class #1: Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?
Before even thinking how to launch a business venture, participants must ask themselves if they are ready to transform their business idea into reality. By doing so, participants will identify areas of improvement.
Dates for 2017: May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9
Class #2: Budget & Credit
Learn about credit, the benefits and risk of incurring debt and how to make a family budget.
Dates for 2017: May 16, June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, October 10, November 7
The LAA offers low-interest microloans ranging from $500 to $5,000 for your business.
Click here for orientation schedule and registration.
Excel for entrepreneurs
Learn how to use Microsoft Excel to create your financial projections for your business plan.
Women & Education
English Classes: English is fundamental when it comes to searching for a job and advancing your education. We offer various levels of English classes year-round at a reasonable cost. Learn the language with instructors who have years of experience teaching English to adult speakers of other languages.
Registration Dates for English Classes: Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more info on English classes, click here.
Computer Skills: Learning computer skills has many benefits, including improving your chances of finding a job, growing in your career and becoming more efficient and productive in the workplace. We offer computer classes in Spanish, including PowerPoint, Excel, etc., at a reasonable cost.
For more info on computer classes, click here.
Women & Employment
Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Employment Room, second floor. No registration needed.
Employers visit the LAA periodically to meet and interview job seekers.
LAA Job Bank
Visit our job bank to find employment opportunities and upload your résumé so employers can find you.