Every year, we reflect upon the victories achieved as an organization and through the support of our growing familia. Even during challenging times - with nonsensical border walls, the separation of families and acts of violence toward people of color and other marginalized communities - it is important to call out the stories that prove our community is resilient, beautiful and stronger than ever before.
Here are our Top Five Favorite Things from 2018:
#1 Oregon Voted NO on Measures 105 and 106
With a record state voter turnout, Oregonians voted to keep our communities safe in November. We rejected dangerous ballot measures like 105 and 106 and said that we will not compromise our values of acceptance, fairness and equality for all. By defeating M105, Oregonians affirmed that racial profiling is wrong and has no place in our state. By defeating M106, we stood behind women and nonbinary Oregonians in supporting their reproductive rights. Thank you to all who voted with our community in mind this past election! Read more about the 2018 elections here.
#2 A Perfect Graduation Rate for Our Escalera Seniors
Last June, 100% of our Escalera seniors graduated and went on to attend college or vocational programs. We can’t be more proud of all 62 seniors (some of them now college freshmen!) for their dedication and passion for their futures. We know they’ll do amazing things and we are proud to have them in our family!
#3 Juntos Aprendemos is Launching in Central Oregon
Our oldest-running program, Juntos Aprendemos (insert link), is moving to Central Oregon! With Latinos on the rise to be the largest minority group in Oregon, we understand the importance of spreading our programs throughout the entire state. We’re proud to announce that in 2018, we successfully started strategic planning for implementing Juntos Aprendemos in both Bend and Redmond. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings for this satellite program. Stay tuned for details!
#4 Record Amounts Raised for Our Community at Noche Bella 2018
Every year, we host Noche Bella to celebrate our familia, honor leaders in our community and raise money for causes that are truly transformative for Latinx youth and families. In 2018, we raised over $334,000 - this is the most we’ve ever raised at Noche Bella! This will be used to improve and expand our programming, thus fulfilling our mission to empower youth and families in our community in the new year. An read more about Noche Bella 2018 here.
#5 Our New Office Opened at the Rockwood Campus
We moved offices last year in order to better serve our community in East County. Along with our amazing partners at Open School, New Avenues for Youth and Boys and Girls Club of Portland, we have come together to create the Rockwood Campus - a group of resources and organizations that work together to transform communities in East County. We are incredibly thankful to the City of Gresham for helping make this happen! The new space allows for our Youth Education and Wellness, Family Engagement, Community Based and Family Stability programs to be more accessible to our community in this area. Read more about our new Rockwood Office here.
2018 was incredible for many reasons, and it’s all because we have amazing supporters like you who are helping us transform lives everyday. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to combat bigotry and hate with love and acceptance. YOU are the reason why our community is thriving, and we can’t wait to see what the new year holds for us.
¡Hay vamos! Let’s make 2019 the best year for our community yet!