OUR PROGRAMS

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LATINAS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

We believe in the immense power of women joining forces to establish local, state, national, and global alliances to influence the social, political, economic, and environmental changes that affect our lives.

Our program brings together Latinas from different backgrounds who are united in their determination to promote and achieve inclusion, independence, personal leadership, socio-political, and economic empowerment.

Women will receive leadership training in areas related to workforce development, networking, mentoring, lobbying, and outreach. Women across the state and around the world will be able to connect, inspire, and empower each other while celebrating the diversity of their cultures.

Together they will take real measures to amplify their voices and thus influence real change. Together they will shape the economic, political, and social spheres that affect their lives,  the lives of their family, community, and society.


We strive for a secure world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, religion, ability, sexual orientation, language, or age.

Goals

  • Supporting, inspiring and motivating each other, so we can make a bigger impact as a community.
  • Providing educational workshops, parent support groups, community building programs and networking opportunities that help women to develop the confidence they need to empower themselves and other women. 
  • We are here to empower and assist women and girls in reaching their full potential.  

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LEOPOLDA™

A Culturally Responsive Approach Connecting La Familia

The goal of our program is to help young students from pre-K to 5th grade to become avid and skilled readers and writers. We accomplish this goal by incorporating 14 years of research-based instructional strategies that improve literacy outcomes. 

Through research, curriculum development and by working with parents, students, teachers, and school leaders, we have developed culturally responsive strategies, tools, and methods, empowering students to become problem solvers and creative thinkers.

Research has shown and teach us that students must possess a strong oral language foundation to achieve literacy success. Low-language native English speakers and ELL speakers arrive at many grade levels with insufficient language knowledge to support learning. 

When structures within a text are beyond students' receptive capacity, students struggle. LEOPOLDA™ is a proven program for oral language development, helping students to understand that their thoughts can be spoken, written down, and read. LEOPOLDA™, support students in developing the language and learning strategies necessary for both reading comprehension and writing composition. 

WAMN partners with school districts to customize professional development and strategies focused on refining the cultures and systems around effective literacy leadership and instructional practices. Better outcomes are achieved by engaging all stakeholders in ongoing professional development to allow a shared understanding of effective instructional practices. 

We perform assessments and analyze learning growth. We use social media, art forms, and other resources to inspire children's creativity and learning.

Our Literacy Program involves the whole family and makes reading and learning activities fun. It enhances language acquisition, comprehension, speaking, listening, and writing skills. 

By achieving our children's educational goals, we improve literacy, which is the most effective way to reduce disparities. 

FACTS:

  • Children who fail to read adequately in the early grades are at higher risk of falling further behind each subsequent school year.
  • Reading is used progressively more as a tool for acquiring other types of knowledge. 
  • Poorly performing students struggle to catch up, and many of those students drop out of school later on, when the tasks become more difficult.


OTHER AREAS TO SUPPORT LEARNING

  • Educational projects:  Conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Curriculum design and development 
  • Curriculum facilitator training in education and related fields (Core Areas of Knowledge include adult learning theory, infant & toddler development, inclusive childcare, preparedness for early childhood, and early language and literacy development)
  • Mentoring and coaching for teachers and directors within early childhood programs
  • Educational support services for early childhood staff in the areas of reading, writing, and math awareness
  • Development and publication of documents to inform parents, communities, state agencies and policymakers regarding the importance of the qualifications of childcare professionals and program improvement
  • Development and Implementation of a Family Engagement Plan
  • Building strong connections among families, schools, and communities. 
  • Promoting collaboration in the education sector by providing information, guidance, and support to parents and caregivers to achieve their educational goals
  • Providing innovative solutions to improve literacy


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THE VIKINCA PROJECT

After we learned about the evidence of the presence of Danish Vikings along the coast of South America, we understood how deep our connections are, through time and distance, Vikings and Incas, two amazing civilizations that had such a lasting influence on our cultures. VIKINCA, a word with an immense meaning to honor our great ancestors.


This is an opportunity for our friends around the world to experience the pleasure of not just to purchase a beautiful handmade product,  but also to make a direct impact in the life of a family and a community. We choose to work with women, people with disabilities, and others often excluded from the global economy. 

Our experiences promoting gender equality and empowering women show us when women gain financial independence, their daughters, families, and communities flourish, breaking the cycle of poverty.


Each handcrafted piece has a meaningful story behind it. 

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AMINA ALLIANCE MINNESOTA NARIÑO

This partnership project brings together the work and wisdom of the descendants of the Incas, to achieve one goal; to cultivate the best coffee beans in the Andean mountains of Nariño, Colombia. A quest to conquer something more than a great taste. 

A story of hope, resilience, and peace, and the opportunity for coffee lovers to join the experience with an exquisite cup of the best coffee in the world.

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Women play a vital role in getting food to our table, and yet because of deep gender inequalities, many of those women aren’t able to realize their full potential, both as workers and as community members.

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Women do most of the field and harvest work, from picking the ripe coffee cherries to sorting beans and processing them. Unfortunately, at the end of the whole journey, most of the earnings go to men.

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Coffee is an essential and powerful driving force of Colombia's economy, but it's also a guarantee of social stability and PEACE.

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Agriculture, the sale of coffee beans, and the establishment of art and craft micro-enterprises not only generate income and guarantee a sustainable future for the family, bring hope and peace to a community.

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From markets to distributors and consumers, we all are an essential part of building powerful alliances to create a better future. The careful conservation of natural resources, such as water and soil, is a fundamental basis for sustainable farming and help to increase a farm’s resilience to climate change.

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With practical actions and tools for improving social and environmental conditions, farmers can have access to safe drinking water, healthcare, and education.    


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Parenting Connections

MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENT & PARENTING

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.

The Healthy development of the child is of basic importance; the ability to live harmoniously in a changing total environment is essential to such development.

The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health. Family support is one of the best and most powerful ways to help a family to overcome the challenges of raising and supporting a child with physical, emotional, mental and behavioral needs.

The Paenting Connection is a program to inform, support, advocate and aid the families of those struggling with mental health, to navigate through the system(s). Our goal is to make sure that family members understand all possible options and make informed decisions. We promote productive partnerships between parents and professionals, and we carefully match parents with one another for peer to peer support, enabling them to acknowledge that they are not alone in these difficulties.

To Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services is paramount.  We are committed to inform and educate professionals about a families' heritage and culture and to promote the best practices to support families and children that are affected by neurodevelopmental, psychological, emotional, and behavioral related disorders and disabilities. 

We advocate for the timely and appropriate delivery of services to children with mental health disorders. We also provide support in educating the community to remove the stigma and barriers associated with children’s mental health disorders.


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