The goal of the Culture & Engagement focus area is to connect and empower community members.

The work includes promotion of cultural awareness, activities include cultural and large-scale special events such as the annual Latin Fever Ball, Compañeros Awards Luncheon, State of Latinos Conference and Latino Student Art Contest; Hispanic Heritage Month Campaign; Civic Engagement Program; Membership Program; Latino Community Needs Assessment; and LAA app.

As a nonprofit that serves the needs of Atlanta’s Latino immigrants, we see firsthand the challenges and problems that our families face day in and day out. Using this knowledge, we work to influence decision makers as they craft public policies that affect our families. We see ourselves as a nexus between our families, whose voices may not be heard, and policymakers.

Our advocacy efforts center around building relationships and partnerships, public education and lobbying. Our goal is to play an important role in shaping policies that affect the lives of Latino immigrants.

We have recently expanded our public policy advocacy efforts. In 2014, we hired a director of policy and advocacy so we can be a leading voice representing Latino concerns and interests.

Through our advocacy efforts, we are bringing attention to issues that are highly aligned with our mission to empower Latinos to achieve their educational, social and economic aspirations. These issues include:

    • Education
      Access and in-state college tuition for youth who are eligible for the immigration relief program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Immigration Reform
      Comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States
    • Humanitarian Aid
      Immigration relief, legal resources and assistance for unaccompanied children who are arriving from Central America
    • Access
      Making immigrants feel welcome in Georgia and ensuring they have access to services
    • Employment
      Employment opportunities and just working conditions for all Latinos

Supporters

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Welcoming Atlanta
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Loridans Foundation
  • Foundation for a Better World
  • The Goizueta Foundation

Direct Services

  • Volunteer Program
  • Civic Engagement Program
  • Compañeros Awards Luncheon
  • Latin Fever Ball
  • State of Latinos Conference
  • Immigrant Student Art Contest
  • Spirit of Giving

 Advocacy Programs by Focus Area

EDUCATION

  • Education Access for Latinos K-12

FAMILY WELL-BEING

  • Affordable Housing for Latinos
  • Healthcare Access for Latinos
  • Food Insecurity / Hunger for Latinos

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Latino Entrepreneurship
  • Minority-Owned Business Opportunity

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Judicial Reform – Immigration Court Due Process

CULTURE & ENGAGEMENT

  • Civic Engagement