On June 11, 2014 YDI Vice President of Education, Employment, and Training Concha Cordova got appointed the the NCLR's Workforce Development Advisory Council.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
The strength of the American economy is increasingly linked to the strength of the Latino workforce. Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce, with 23.3 million Latinos at work in the United States representing nearly 16% of the labor force. By 2050, one in three working Americans will be Hispanic. Yet today Hispanics face major barriers to employment in good jobs.
NCLR’s economic and workforce advocacy seeks to ensure the Latino community’s ability to contribute to and share in the nation’s economic opportunities by promoting policies that boost Hispanic employment in good jobs, provide safe and fair workplaces, bridge Latino workers’ education and skills gaps, and offer a secure retirement.
Mrs. Cordova is the sole member from New Mexico and will be travelling to Washington DC this month for her first policy meeting.
Youth Development, Inc. was honored with an award sponsored by Commissioner Debbie O’Malley on Tuesday, March 25th, at the County Commission meeting. The award ceremony honored agencies who work with children and families to prevent child abuse. The award reads “In Recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Presented to Youth Development, Incorporated in Grateful Appreciation for your Outstanding Dedication to the Children of our Community; Bernalillo County Commission Debbie O’Malley, Chair.
Youth Development, Inc. provides an exceptional early learning program recognized nationally as NAEYC Accredited “Centers of Excellence” for over 1,700 young children from 6 weeks to 5 years old though the Pregnant Women’s program; Homes Based Visitation services, Early Head Start, Head Start and Pre K programs.
Parents are trained on what constitutes positive discipline versus child abuse. Annually, staff and parents learn the indicators of child abuse and neglect as well as the reporting process. It is our moral obligation and the Law to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.
This award honors the 42 year legacy of YDI’s community involvement. YDI’s Amistad Youth Crisis Shelter provides a safe haven for young adolescents. The majority of who are survivors of child abuse/neglect. The Behavioral Health programs provide therapy for high risk families that are dealing with serious mental health issues. Counseling is designed to stop the cycle of domestic violence and abuse. All YDI programs through the vast array of services are devoted to helping children and families achieve their full potential.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – but let us be mindful that every day it is our duty to protect our most vulnerable and precious children.