Community Based Programs
Across the nation, youth of color are overrepresented in the justice system. Nearly 18,000 Latino youth are incarcerated, with disparate rates of imprisonment in adult facilities. The majority of Latino youth arrests are for non-violent crimes and result in harsher punishments than experienced by White youth—even for the same behaviors.*
Latino Network fosters the hope that we need as a community to overcome these disparities. Our programs leverage prevention strategies and community-based services to reclaim the lives of at-risk and gang-involved youth, and to ensure whole families achieve stability.
Our culturally specific, strengths-based programs guide participating youth and their families to overcome the odds and achieve positive goals for education, employment, health, and more. Through these programs, Latino Network is committed to unleashing potential, strengthening community, and helping families to heal from violence and trauma.
Community Healing Initiative (CHI)
CHI engages at-risk and gang-involved youth to reduce violence and juvenile justice system involvement. CHI mentors, case managers, and mental health workers support the entire family to overcome systemic barriers, build on strengths, and set and achieve goals.
During the school year, Latino Network and other community-based organizations work together to provide a safe space during the weekend for high school and middle school students to hang out, play sports and eat food.
Cambio Café & Palomitas Kettle Corn
Latino Network's micro-enterprises offer at-risk and gang-involved youth hands-on job readiness training and business skills through operating a coffee cart and kettle corn stand.
The Summer Academia provides fun, educational and enriching programming 3-4 days a week during summer to CHI and Early CHI program participants and siblings as well as other youth who lack alternatives for safe summer activities.
Family Stability Programs
Family Stability Programs work with families to increase stability and ensure access to safe housing, health care, employment, and other resources.