On Saturday, April 26, the University YMCA was awarded the 2013-2014 Familia y Comunidad Award at La Casa Cultural Latina's 2014 Fiesta: El Movimento Latino.
This award is given by La Casa Cultural Latina to a student organization or campus unit that has worked to maintain and nurture a broad network of stakeholders including alumni and community leaders to respond to the demographic changes in Latina/o communities at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The mission of La Casa is to retain, advance, and empower Latina/o students through dynamic educational, socio-political, cultural and social programing.
The University YMCA is honored to accept this award. In doing so, we would like to recognize Y student program, La Colectiva, for driving and shaping the University YMCA's commitments for social justice. The University YMCA engages current and future leaders through mentorship, civic engagement and the promotion of social advocacy.
The University YMCA works with local Latina/o and immigrant communities in a number of capacities, including:
The New Americans Initiative- helping legal permanent residents take the next step towards U.S. citizenship and undocumented youth and their families apply for relief under Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
La Linea- a helpline that connects Immigrant families to the resources they need.
Advising and mentoring La Colectiva- a student organization at the University of Illinois that exists to address the challenges faced by the immigrant community within Champaign-Urbana. Their mission is to advocate social justice and change on behalf of all immigrants while simultaneously serving the community by fostering leadership and providing resources through grassroots initiatives.
Collaborating with the C-U Immigration Forum, a group of immigrants, students, clergy service providers, labor union representatives, residents and community organizations concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants in the Champaign County community (Central Illinois).
To learn more about the University YMCA, visit universityymca.org.