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Latinas en Acción

Building Latina community assets for a just society.

Latinas en Acción is a fund dedicated to supporting programs that enhance the lives of Latina women and girls in the Greater Milwaukee area. We work to build a community where Latinas thrive in a supportive and just environment that fosters health, education and opportunity.

A little bit of history …

The idea for LEA grew out of the Latina Task Force, a statewide group that helped women of Latino heritage develop the skills to organize their communities around important issues—encouraging political participation, leadership development and educational support. In 2006, several of the founding members of the Latina Task Force worked with the Women’s Fund to create Latinas en Acción as a community resource that would preserve a legacy of Latina advocacy and activism. Our work was recently recognized by the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program with a Sustainability and Community Impact Award!

Our work …

Our work with Cientificas de Milwaukee is a case in point. This is the only bilingual STEM program for elementary and middle school-aged girls in Milwaukee that aims to address the racial and gender inequities in the STEM workforce. At a time when funding from Milwaukee Public Schools was slashed for STEM programs, a grant from LEA ensured the continuation of this unique program at Hayes Bilingual Elementary School.  This seed funding helped leverage additional funds and recently the program was selected to be a Women’s Fund Social Change grant partner for 2014!

When you support Latinas en Acción, you combine your resources with other like-minded women and men to create a dedicated fund to advance Latina women and girls in Milwaukee.  Join us! 

Latinas en Acción Steering Committee

Marcela O. García, Co-Chair
Claudia Guzmán
Ava Hernández
Carrie Koss Vallejo
Tonya Mantilla, Co-Chair
Adriana Rodriguez
Maria Rodríguez
Nicole Thomas
Michelle Villanueva
Patricia Villarreal

2014 Grant Partners

$750 | Our Own Voice
An anti-stigma education program in which individuals with a lived experience of a psychiatric diagnosis use creative arts to share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

Girl Scouts
$1,000 | Latina Initiative
nitiative that aims to increase the engagement of Latina mothers and participation of Latina girls age 5-17 in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Planned Parenthood
$1,000 | Promotores de Salud
Community Health workers work in partnership with the community’s culture, language and value systems to advance reproductive justice, disease prevention and screening actions.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
$500 | Legal Services for Immigrants
Direct services that provide education to the greater Milwaukee immigrant and Latina communities in regards to immigration and options available to victims of domestic violence.

Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition
$750 | Latino Research Action Team’s Access to Health Care Survey in Milwaukee’s Latino Community
A participatory approach to survey development, implementation, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings that aims to identify and characterize facilitators and barriers to access to health care in Milwaukee’s Latino community.

Healing Center (Aurora Healthcare)
$500 | Spanish-Speaking, Trauma-Informed Services
A program that provides culturally competent, trauma informed services for Spanish-Speaking survivors of sexual abuse and assault in Milwaukee.

Past Grant Partners
Cientificas de Milwaukee
CORE/El Centro
Educators Network for Social Justice
The Healing Center
Latina Resource Center (UMOS, Inc.)
Loyola Academy (Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.)
Milwaukee Mijas
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Reproductive Justice Collective
Reproductive Justice Project
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Voces de la Frontera
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

Note: The Women’s Fund retains a percentage of all restricted gifts.