ANNUAL REPORT 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Message from our Executive Director and Board Chair4 Board of Directors6 OUR ENGINES OF CHANGE Community Team Leadership8-9 Engines of Change10-11 Education12-13 Financial Stability14-15 Health16-17 Legal18-19 FORGING THE FUTURE Advocacy In Action20-21 Student DREAMers Alliance22-23 Financial Report Breakdown24 Strategic Partners & Investors27
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MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
e welcomed 2017 with a renewed commitment to build bridges of understanding across cultures and political views. With the unwavering support of volunteers, partners, and champions, our network grew stronger than ever and fulfilled its promise to be a voice of unity, a source of hope, and a builder of new pathways towards opportunity for our youth. Our organization stepped up to lead where leadership was needed and gave a voice to those most vulnerable in our community, turning uncertainty into empowerment. Our Community Teams welcomed many new members who worked tirelessly to connect people to needed services and to enhance the quality of life for everyone we served. We expanded our advocacy work and established regional and national partnerships to serve as a strong champion for Dreamers and their families, and in the process, we were inspired, strengthened, and transformed by these exemplary students. We traveled to Washington, DC, with South Carolinian Dreamers who represented our state with unparalleled courage and grace as they advocated for their future and shared their dreams for a stronger, more inclusive South Carolina. Our youth leadership accelerator model, the Student Dreamers Alliance, was featured at the Aspen Institute’s Action Forum, and the students’ final project inspired the establishment of a fund to support scholarships, leadership development, and advocacy for Dreamers. The growth and pace of our work reached an apex in 2017, parallel with completing the term of our previous strategic plan. During this pivotal time, we committed to an in-depth assessment of our organizational performance over the previous three years and incorporated the feedback of people involved in our work at every level. Through this process of listening, evaluating, and imagining, we can be sure that our new vision is one born from the wisdom of our entire community. Flowing from the natural evolution of our work in 2017, the forthcoming strategic plan will include “Advocacy” as one of our organization’s primary tools for empowering this vision into 2021 and beyond. Thank you for the wealth of experiences we shared together, for the many ways in which you have supported us, and for being a part of a growing family that extends opportunity to one another. We look forward to continuing serving you in 2018!
MAGALY PENN Chair of Board, 2017
ADELA MENDOZA Executive Director
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2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MISSION | UPDATED FOR STRATEGIC PLAN IN 2018
The Hispanic Alliance fosters collaboration and connectivity among people, resources and cultures to build thriving communities.
Above Members from our Board of Directors (as seen on left) join our Executive Director and some of the accomplished panelists from the Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Celebration at the Clemson ONE Building: (left to right), Dr. Keith Miller, Mr. Fernando Fleites, Dr. James P. Clements and Anne Marie Stieritz.
VISION | UPDATED FOR STRATEGIC PLAN IN 2018
We envision a vibrant and inclusive community where everyone has access to opportunities for success and prosperity.
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At Hispanic Alliance our goal is to build collective capacity to connect people with resources, educate them about their opportunities, and advocate for their needs. Our community teams are the engines that work to fulfill those commitments, and act as ambassadors to the broader culture.
COMMUNITY TEAM CHAIRS 2017
Consistent support and communication with HA staff helps team leaders maintain a highly strategic focus. They identify the gaps between needs and resources, avoid duplication of services, and build collective capacity to serve the community. A valuable bi-product of team initiatives is the profound personal growth of the individual members. Teams act as incubators for emerging community leaders, who are able to practice their collaborative skills, make tangible accomplishments, and be nurtured by staff and peers toward excellence. A compassionate care for each life in our proximity is what transforms these groups into powerful engines of change. These are spaces of inspiration, innovation, and support. They represent an ideal vision of collaboration â€“ the way in which non-profits and communities aspire to work.
2,600 volunteer hours were
donated in 2017 by generous and talented individuals who made Greenville a stronger community!
From top to bottom, left to right: Health Team Chair, Paola Gutierrez takes a coffee break with dedicated volunteers Daisy Arillaga and Nancy Bocanegra at the First Annual Community Team Summit. Carlos Camargo, the new Financial Stability Team Chair, Jessica Wallace, Legal Team Chair, and Julio Hernandez, Education Team Chair, stop for a quick photo after their intense work during the 2017 Citizenship Workshop This Hispanic Alliance team poses for a photo outside the Greenville Tech Northwest Campus, where many of our annual community events take place. Our team has the honor of supporting the leadership and volunteers of the Community Teams in their initiatives. Left to Right: Debbra Alvarado, Sara Montero-Buria, Pablo Pinzon, Lindsey Tabor, Adela Mendoza and Idaly Partridge
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ENGINES OF CHANGE
Community Teams provide the Hispanic Alliance with unprecedented reach for an organization with such compact operations. Focusing on four priority areas: Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Legal Access, each team is entirely volunteer-led, and is a growing, adapting unit, guaranteeing a fast response to current issues as they arise. Educators, DREAMers, healthcare providers, attorneys, students, insurance agents, realtors, community advocates -- these are just some of the professionals that forge crosssector partnerships and address the complex lives of families needing assistance in more than one focus area. The result of this broad reach is a multiplicative impact on the community when compared to the human capital, time, and monetary resources invested.
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P AR TI CI P ANTS S E RV E D
Our community teams are both the supporting pillars, and the heart of our work. These are the remarkable achievements of regular volunteers, working grassroots changes from within their upstate home.
Opposite page, from top to bottom Volunteers from Greenville Technical College were essential in the execution of this year's College Fair. Beatriz Navarro and Yeelys Ramos represented New Horizon Family Services, an important network partner, at the Health Fair.
HEALTH FAIR | SEP 30
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COLLEGE FAIR | NOV 14
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Photo top left Elisa Lรณpez chats with participants at the College Fair. Photo bottom left Amiliz Miranda-Velez shares her experiences at a packed Lunch and Learn at Greenville High School. Photo opposite page Just before the College Fair opens, our energetic volunteers stop for a quick photo.
THE EDUCATION TEAM IS INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING EQUAL ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION FOR DACA STUDENTS, AND PREPARING ALL STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE.
“Lunch and Learns give [students] hope that their dreams can one day become reality. To see someone that looks like you, and has a similar background as you, make it, means the world, and motivates an individual to keep going. “ – Catalina Ponce How can a group of busy professionals reach nearly 400 Hispanic students from 8 different high schools in one year? It can only be done as a team effort. Boasting approximately 150 members on record, one of the team’s strengths is finding creative ways for anyone with a willing heart to be involved. The Lunch and Learn series provides the perfect opportunity for meaningful engagement, and a way to channel momentum for the team’s Annual College Fair. A Lunch and Learn session is designed as a condensed method of providing a wealth of resources for higher education such as scholarship lists, work and study options, and contact with college representatives. Hispanic youth may receive this information late, or not at all, especially if they are recent immigrants whose parents are not aware of
existing resources. Not only do Lunch and Learns provide information, but they are attended by a diverse group of volunteers from the team, eager to share personal stories of perseverance and success. In this spectrum of experiences, it is possible for each student to find inspiration and a role model or mentor for his or her educational journey. These events are practical, encouraging, and sometimes take a serious tone, as Hispanic students in 2017 expressed fear and demotivation in response to stresses on the immigrant community in South Carolina. In one of the best cross-team collaborations yet, the Legal Team partnered with the Education Team to send members to discuss difficult legal questions with students and provide updates on immigration policy decisions that affect their daily lives. A Lunch and Learn never aims to solve every problem. Yet hundreds of times over, they have given students a word of hope, a path forward, and a hand to hold as they pursue their dreams.
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Photo top left Habibah Horne (right) shares a smile with Alex Moore (left), our former Financial Stability Team Chair. January 2017 was the last meeting led by Alex after 3 years of service! Photo bottom left Mahler NuÃ±ez sharing his insight and financial advice with this year's Financial Literacy Class. Photo opposite page Graduates from the Financial Literacy Class of 2017 pose displaying their diplomas next to the trainers and staff who made this 5-week class possible.
FINANCIAL STABILITY TEAM
THE FINANCIAL STABILITY TEAM TACKLES THE CHALLENGE OF BUILDING COMMUNITY WEALTH AMIDST AN UNFAMILIAR FINANCIAL CULTURE, THUS AMPLIFYING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY.
â€œI felt very confident and trusting of the [Financial Stability] Team. All of them were really professional, good speakers, and took the patience and time to teach us. That means a lot for us.â€? - Yeelys Ramos (Class Graduate) There are very few people blessed with total confidence and ease on the subject of money, yet all of us depend on knowing how to use it wisely for our survival. Imagine how challenging this situation becomes when families join our community from countries with very different cultural and economic practices related to finances, and on top of this, do not yet speak English fluently. The Financial Stability Team rises to this challenge every year with its Financial Literacy Series: five weekly classes taught by a variety of volunteer financial experts with a curriculum entirely in Spanish. They are determined that no one in the Hispanic community should be without access to information on how the American economy works, and how to provide a stable future here for their families.
In the Fall of 2017, twelve adults successfully graduated from the Financial Literacy Series. Five bilingual volunteer instructors from the Financial Stability Team guided participants towards financial freedom by focusing on family budgeting, credit, home ownership, and banking, among other topics. It is our teamâ€™s understanding of the values and struggles of the Hispanic community that makes these classes so effective. Participants share a meal with staff and volunteers before each class, and are welcome to bring their children if need be. Instructions are engaging, warm, and encourage conversation and questions. Building this trust through community is vital, because the team may be asking participants to change long-standing mindsets about how to manage money. The final key ingredient is a focus on mentorship. All instructors provide their contact information, and students are encouraged to reach out for assistance in budgeting, insurance, or opening accounts. Graduates frequently do, and that is how this team builds a thriving community, one relationship at a time.
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Photos on left page, clockwise Arturo Salcedo has a friendly conversation with community members at this year's Health Fair Paola Gutierrez helps to move two hundred boxes of dry goods donated by Harvest Hope Food Bank. It's a full house at the Sterling Hope Center. The Health Team had a great turn out at their first Healthy Cooking Class. Photo opposite page Maira Ruiz and her children all volunteered at the Health Fair this year. They pose for a photo with Adela Mendoza, Hispanic Alliance Executive Director.
THE HEALTH TEAM CREATES A PATHWAY FOR THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY TO ACCESS AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE AND BECOME INFORMED ON HOW TO MAINTAIN LONG-TERM WELLNESS.
Convening professionals from over 38 organizations across the Upstate, the Hispanic Alliance Health Team is able to literally have its finger on the pulse of changing community needs. One rising concern in 2017 was how to effectively educate the Hispanic community about eating a balanced diet, and encourage lasting behavioral change. Thus was born the First Annual Healthy Cooking Class. Cooking that is delicious and healthy is a topic destined to bring the community together. With the help of the Sterling Hope Center, 38 participants were “served,” witnessing a live cooking demonstration in Spanish, and receiving samples of a flavorful and nutritious meal cooked by the team. Though childcare was provided, many of our young people were enthusiastic about participating in the class. The youngest participant was only 11 and the oldest participant was a respectable 79 years old.
Key community health organizations like PASOs, the American Heart Association, and Upstate Area Health Education Center, were on hand to provide additional resources and giveaways. Each participant left the event with a bag full of information: bilingual tips for saving money on groceries, planning healthy meals, and a cookbook in Spanish. Participants left happy, inquiring about when the next Healthy Cooking Class would be held. Blown away by the community interest, the Health Team is strategizing ways to capitalize on the desire for healthy eating in the coming year! Creating an entirely new event for the community that rivals the popularity of the team’s own Annual Health Fair, demonstrates our volunteers' organizing power, and a remarkable ability to bring the vision of a healthy community into being.
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Photo top left Cesar Salas with Jessica Wallace at the DACA Renewal Workshop hosted at Berea High School. Photo bottom left Trained volunteers diligently help Citizenship applicants before they continue to the next station, where a team of seven attorneys wait to review each application. Photo opposite page Daniel Hernandez attended training provided by the Legal Team's attorneys that enabled him to help individuals fill out their citizenship applications at the 2017 Citizenship Application Workshop.
THE LEGAL TEAM HAS BEEN AN ANCHOR OF INFORMATION AND EMPOWERMENT FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS AS THEY ASPIRE TO BE CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.
A fundamental achievement of the Legal Team in 2017 was guiding the Hispanic Alliance forward as a community advocate for the rights of immigrants, and for socially conscious and compassionate policy changes. The members of the Legal Team have to be able to think on their feet. Immigration policy changes rapidly, and in 2017 our team did its best to act as both educator and advocate to the Hispanic community. The rights of immigrant victims, the VISA wait list, and laws governing higher education in South Carolina are all within the scope of the team’s radar. Yet immigration is an issue where a slight change in policy can tear a family apart and uproot established livelihoods with little warning. With numerous concerns to attend to, the team did a commendable job of responding quickly and competently to requests from the community for services and information. The following is a list of just some of their work in 2017:
• Multiple “Know Your Rights” presentations throughout the Upstate community, including Berea High School • Spring Lunch and Learn Series collaboration with Education Team • DACA student “Circle of Trust” • DACA Information Workshop at Legacy Charter • DACA Renewal Workshop at Berea High School • Volunteer team participation in Latin American Coalition Citizenship Workshop in Charlotte, NC • Annual Citizenship Application Workshop The Legal Team has demonstrated how to present as a strong advocate for the rights of immigrants using action and education. Through this example and the leadership of Jessica Wallace, the team Chair, advocacy became a core component of the Hispanic Alliance’s strategic plan for 2018-2021. Our new advocacy goal will be accomplished when policies are enacted on the local, state, and national levels, which support inclusive communities and equal access to opportunities for the Hispanic community.
Hispanic Alliance has been actively educating the community on this topic during the last year, and one thing is clearâ€”when the argument for the value of DREAMers comes from DREAMers themselves, and when their voices and stories reach the highest levels of power in the nation, their worth inherently speaks for itself.
ADVOCACY IN ACTION ADVOCATING WITH AND FOR DREAMERS
As a convener, the Hispanic Alliance knows that one of our key strengths is in building a broad platform for change through collaborating across viewpoints, ideologies, and cultures. One of the highlights of 2017 has been our work helping DREAMers advocate for their future on a national level. In early October, coinciding with the presidential deadline for DACA renewals, seven DREAMers from the Upstate traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent South Carolina, and join nearly 150 of their peers from across the nation for two days of advocacy on behalf of their futures. For all DREAMers, the cessation of DACA marked the beginning of a clock, counting down until the last day they would be protected from deportation. However, at the same time their future dreams and stability were thrown into question, this brave group left what little security they had at home and stepped onto a very public, national stage to advocate for a piece of legislation that can help - The DREAM Act.
Opposite Page | Counter clockwise The South Carolina delegation of Dreamers includes Luis Santos, Sarai Bautista, Dina Estrada, Keny Murillo, Bebe Martinez, Ceci Martinez, a representative from Columbia, and Pablo Pinzon. All of these individuals are well known for their scholarship, hard work, volunteerism, and personal activism. Luis GutiĂŠrrez, Representative for Illinois's 4th congressional district, stopped for a photo with Ceci Martinez. SC Dreamers pose outside Senator Tim Scott's office. Adela Mendoza, Hispanic Alliance Executive Director stands in the halls of Congress with Joaquin Castro, Representative for Texas' 20th District.
Our group went prepared to discuss the inequality in national and state funding for higher education, as well as limited rights to obtain professional certifications, especially in South Carolina. The issues requiring the most bravery, however, were their personal stories of immigration, struggle, and hope, conveyed face-to-face with the most powerful decision-makers in the country. The Hispanic Alliance was proud to support them, however, without the extensive collaboration of many donors and supporters, the voices of SC DREAMers would have been silent at this critical time. FWD.us organized this national convening of DREAMers. With their support, and the sacrificial financial contributions of individual Upstate donors, there was little additional financial burden on our seven young advocates. Our state and nation would benefit greatly from incorporating this young population. A durable policy solution, like the DREAM Act, that includes a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants, would reap benefits for all Americans â€” creating prosperity while upholding our heritage as a land of equality and promise.
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Below Mr. Delaney, Principal of Carolina High, takes a photo with Abrahan de la Cruz and his father
The Hispanic Alliance wholeheartedly believes that student DREAMers are assets to our country, and if given the opportunity, will build strong, inclusive, and thriving communitiesâ€Ś.they will be empowered to blossom as leaders, able to effect lasting growth in their communities and beyond. In the Spring of 2017, Year One of the Student DREAMers Alliance (SDA) pilot concluded with a powerful finale, while eagerly anticipating its second year of programming. With the goal of cultivating the next generation of leaders, SDA empowers youth to open doors of opportunity for themselves and for generations to come. SDA provides participants a space for self- discovery and resources needed to unleash their potential, develop resilience, and build their own toolbox to position themselves for success and leadership. SDA is the first strategy towards achieving the broader goal of addressing a critical need for diverse leadership able to champion and accelerate access to opportunity for the growing Hispanic population in South Carolina. SDA deliberately fosters relationships and deep connections among participants as a strategic goal. This strength in community is designed to expand into a network of DREAMers throughout the state, teaching students to build bridges through dialogue and relationships as a precursor to lasting social and political change. This leadership accelerator offers students six seminars, an opening and closing retreat, a Community Service Day, and a final capstone project. Based on the Aspen Institute and Liberty Fellowship models of values-based leadership development, students learn from established leaders and trained moderators are immersed in readingbased dialogue designed to broaden their perspective on social issues and explore their own role in building a better society. In one short year, SDA participants have made phenomenal strides towards improving their futures through higher education, and affecting policy change for their communities. They have shared their personal stories with school boards, pursued higher education, earned full scholarships, and overcome insecurities to speak out boldly for those without a voice. They are well on the path to becoming the future leaders of our state and nation.
Those sessions really open your eyes about things and they also give you more opportunity to think about your future... [The SDA Facilitators] help you with your applications for college and scholarships. They've given us so many resources for college and scholarships, and [information on] colleges that accept DACA students. - SDA Participant Year One
Opposite Page | Left to right, top to bottom The first SDA cohort poses at Furman University, a primary host for the student's monthly seminar sessions. SDA students enjoying their Day of Service at the Salvation Army SDA students at their Closing Retreat, working through team-building exercises on a wilderness course. Community leaders and allies pose for a photo with first SDA cohort after the presentation of their final project on advocacy. This would mark the beginning of many community conversations.
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FINANCIAL REPORT BREAKDOWN
Private and Public Investments Individual Donor Support
Special Projects Income
Furniture & Equipment TOTAL ASSETS
TOTAL EXPENSES NET INCOME*
$146,141.83 $6,478.48 $152,620.31
LIABILITIES & EQUITY Total Liabilities Net Assets
Community Programs & Services
$0.00 $161,884.44 $(9,264.13)
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY
We closed 2017 with two substantial investments totaling $53,000 in transit. Upon receipt on January 9, 2018, our Net Income was calculated at $56,306.51.
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Published on Mar 14, 2018