MANA de San Diego Empowers Latinas Through Education, Leadership Development, Community Service and Advocacy.
Latina Organization, Mentorships, MANA, San Diego MANA, Latina Scholarships
2515 Camino Del Rio S Ste 228
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
Student Services and Organizations (B80)
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How does this organization make a difference?
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MANA de San Diego exists to empower Latinas through education, leadership development, community service and advocacy. This is accomplished through Hermanitas, a mentoring program for young Latinas; San Diego Día de la Mujer Latina, a health and wellness fair for Latinas; The MANA de San Diego Scholarship Program; and educational and professional development programs such as the Latina Success Conference and Platicas for all Latinas. MANA de San Diego operates programs that focus primarily on Latinas of all ages, is the only organization of its kind in San Diego, and serves the entire San Diego County region. 2011 Accomplishments: * $25,000 in scholarships were awarded to Latina's pursuing higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. * 65 young Latinas are currently participating in the Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor program. The girls attend monthly educational seminars at venues such as the UC San Diego, US Naval Training Facility, and FBI Headquarters. 100% of the June 2011 graduating seniors went on to pursue higher education. * We hosted a health fair in National City which served more than 650 women and families - the most ever served in the history of this event. The health fair offered vital health screenings including bone density tests, mammograms, glucose and cholesterol tests, and HIV screenings. * Celebrated MANA de San Diego's 25th Anniversary of serving the San Diego community. 2012 Goals: * Hermanitas: Increase program participants by 10%. Add technological elements to increase participant communication and program effectiveness. * San Diego Dia De La Mujer Health Festival : Continue to provide as many free screenings to the Latino community as possible by raising awareness of the program, partnering with more healthcare providers, and increasing funding. * Increase MANA membership by 40% to recruit more mentors and volunteers for programs.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program
Hermanitas® - A Youth Leadership Mentor Program: The Hermanitas Program has been in existence since 1987 and its focus is to promote higher education, leadership development, and peer support to young Latinas, ages 12-18, through a one-on-one mentorship program. In collaboration with the San Diego County-Imperial Valley Girls Scouts and Junior Achievement, the Hermanitas Program has approximately 85 middle school and high school girls matched with professional women who volunteer to mentor these young women for a minimum of one year (September to June). Mentors are professional women from San Diego County, and represent a diverse field of professional careers including education, accounting, engineering, law enforcement and the legal field. The Hermanitas who participate in the program attend schools throughout the county. It is the largest program of its kind in the nation, and in 2007 was awarded by MANA National as the best Hermanitas Program in the nation.
The Hermanitas program addresses the issue of how to develop successful and responsible young Latinas. It also endeavors to lower the Latina high school dropout and teen pregnancy rates while encouraging the pursuit of higher education. Our ultimate goal is to have 100% of our participating Hermanitas graduate from a four-year university.
The evaluation measurements planned include contact information data collection in order to follow-up and communicate with current and past participants and create an alumni database. The alumni database will be used to engage alumni and to track their achievements. Another evaluative measure is the use of evaluations given to participants in order to gather information related to demographics, interest/need in program, and desired outcomes. All of the evaluative methods will be used to support grant writing and funding as well as help the program committee identify potential areas for growth and to understand program elements that need to be changed or deleted.
Hermanitas is making a difference. To date, more than 600 young Latinas age 12-18 from San Diego County have participated in the program. Since 2006, 100% of the participants have graduated high school and have attended college. The program has garnered a significant amount of attention and several accolades. In 2007, MANA de San Diego's Hermanitas program was selected as the ""Best Program"" by MANA National. Additionally, Hermanitas participants from the 2008 cohort were selected for several prestigious experiences including the election of an Hermanita from San Diego to serve as one of two youth members on the MANA National Board of Directors. Other experiences included attendance of a two-week bridging program at Harvard University and the participation in a two-week tour of a number of East Coast Universities.
Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarships
Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarships: The Scholarship Program was established in 1991. This program is designed to provide financial assistance to Latinas enrolled in institutions of higher education. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants pursuing a Bachelor degree through doctoral programs. In an effort to promote higher education within the Hermanitas® Program, qualified hermanita graduates are awarded first year college scholarships. A special awards and recognitions reception is held annually for those Latinas receiving a scholarship. To date 323 scholarships have been awarded totaling $312,500.
Our ultimate goal is to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for Latinas pursuing a higher education. All Latinas in San Diego County who qualify and want to graduate from college will have the opportunity.
Student interns will call to follow up with scholarship recipients to check on their progress and post-graduate plans. Scholarship recipients are also required to volunteer with MANA de San Diego so they can self-report on their status.
Connie Zaragoza is one of MANA's first scholarship recipients. She graduated from college and now works for Kaiser Permanente as their Project Manager of Cultural Competence. She has been the scholarship committee chair and is now a member and volunteer for MANA.
San Diego Dia De La Mujer Latina Health Festival
San Diego Dia de la Mujer Latina (SDDML) Health Festival: SDDML is a day-long, free event that provides health screenings and education and patient navigation for the underserved and uninsured Latino community in San Diego County. Screenings include breast and cervical cancer detection, pap tests, bone density, cholesterol, HIV, glucose and diabetes. The services are provided at no cost, along with presentations covering a wide range of information related to healthy living such as detecting diabetes, cooking balanced and healthy meals, and encouraging a well-rounded preventative lifestyle. Many who attend the event have never received preventative screenings due to cost, inability to access health care and/or cultural barriers generated by social traditions. At each health fair, SDDML serves over 600 individuals. Since its inception, more than 3,000 Latinos received health screenings that they may have otherwise gone without.
MANA will provide health fairs in the north, south, east, coastal and metro areas of San Diego County for Latinas who are underinsured. We will serve 2,500 unduplicated Latinas in San Diego County. Access to preventative healthcare will no longer be an issue for Latinas.
The San Diego Dia de la Mujer Latina collects contact information in order to follow-up and communicate with current and past participants. Surveys are performed to track statistics and participant success. Evaluations are given to participants in order to gather information related to demographics, interest/need in program, access to program and services, and overall effectiveness of each program. This data will be used to support grant writing and funding as well as help the program committee identify potential areas for growth and to understand program elements that need to be changed or deleted. Throughout the course of program planning activities, ongoing check-ins with partners will be coordinated to ensure that interest in the program is continued and that an environment which encourages future collaborations and ideas is facilitated by MANA de San Diego. Engagement with a professional evaluator is an option if further data is needed.
The proof is in the numbers of Latinas who attend the SDDML health festivals. The women depend on the health fairs for their annual mammograms and physicals. The MANA office receives calls from women looking to confirm their attendance at our events.
Latina Success Conference and "Platicas"
The purpose of the Latina Success Conference is to educate women on the topics of Jobs, Finance, Housing, Leadership and Health. The one-day conference features experts from these areas who conduct workshops designed to equip Latinas with the tools, resources and information to help them through these difficult economic times. MANA de San Diego wants to reach the young, college student who will be making her first career choices to the mature woman who is looking to change careers, might soon be out of a job or even retiring. Conference attendance is 300 including Latinas from San Diego and Imperial Counties and from Tijuana, Baja California. MANA de San Diego collaborates with the following organizations to maximize the effectiveness of the conference: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Small Business Administration (SBA), LEAD San Diego, National Latina Business Women's Association (NLBWA), Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). Besides the Latina Success women's conference, MANA organizes quarterly ""Platicas"" which are educational seminars free of charge on topics similar to the conference. The Platicas also provide networking opportunities for our members and sponsors.
Our ultimate goal is to have the women attending the conference and ""platicas"" as our future seminar and keynote speakers. Our hope is to empower women with the tools they need to succeed and fulfill their career and personal goals.
Conference attendees fill out evaluation forms to provide feedback on speakers and seminar content to improve the event. Our speakers and presenters are asked for guidance on how to make the event a better experience. The planning committee also has a de-briefing meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the event.
The 2009 conference was a huge success. It helped MANA raise more than $40,000 net revenue, recruited new sponsors, introduced new collaborations with local agencies, and increased awareness of MANA programs through the media coverage that was received.
1) Lack of staff: Both full-time and administrative help. We need development and program staff to help us achieve our goals. Especially with our programs - the staff is instrumental in increasing our reach and evaluating and changing our programs to meet the community needs. 2) Lack of 3-5 year strategic plan. We are in the process of hiring a consultant to help with our 3 year plan but lack the funding to guide us in creating our long-term goals. 3) Lack of individual contributions. The organization is very strong with corporate donations but we need to increase awareness of MANA in San Diego and recruit more individual donors. 4) Lack of means to measure organization's success and milestones. 5) Support from national organization. MANA National does not help us in providing any policies or procedures for the local chapter. We'd like to see more help in providing awareness through public relations campaigns and referrals to funders.
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