Educational Institutions

MANA de San Diego

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.manasd.org

Mission Statement

MANA de San Diego's (MANA) mission is to provide Latina girls and women the skills, tools, and support they need to succeed. Since it was founded in 1986, MANA has impacted more than 20,000 Latinas through its continuum of programs that support Latinas starting in middle school and throughout their career. MANA's 3,500+ members and supporters—mostly professional women—and numerous key partnerships with organizations throughout San Diego County attest to its success in facilitating meaningful and lasting change for individuals, families and the community. MANA continues to strive to meet the needs of the growing Latina community.

Main Programs

  1. Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program
  2. MANA de San Diego Scholarship Program
  3. Latina Success Conference, Latina Success Leadership Program and workshops
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

MANA de San Diego serves Latinas across San Diego County through its comprehensive programs.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Sofia Salgado

Keywords

Self-reported

Latina Organization, Mentorships, MANA, San Diego MANA, Latina Scholarships

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Also Known As

MANA

EIN

33-0821060

 Number

8236306512

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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MANA fulfills its mission by providing comprehensive culturally-relevant, effective programs that equip Latinas with the skills, support and confidence they need to succeed.

The Hermanitas Mentorship Program guides Latina youth from at-risk backgrounds to earn a high school degree and pursue higher education through mentorship, educational workshops and college preparation activities and has helped over 800 at-risk Latina youth since it was founded.

The Latina Success Conference and Latina Success Leadership Program teaches Latinas the professional and networking skills they need to advance in the workplace and helps them overcome the many barriers that currently impede Latinas' professional progress. These programs are offered on alternating years and serve approximately individuals.

MANA's Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to Latinas enrolled in community college or university ($14,500 to 14 students last year) to bolster college completion rates by minimizing the financial hardships faced by students.


Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program

The Hermanitas Program improves high school graduation rates and college entry rates for at-risk Latina youth facing high teen pregnancy and school dropout rates. This is accomplished through the uniquely relevant guidance of a mentor (who shares a similar past), educational workshops in collaboration with local health care organizations, academic institutions and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) organizations, college preparation activities and building excitement about postsecondary education through a curated college trip. The Hermanitas program was founded in 1987 and is now the largest program of its kind in the nation. It was awarded the best Hermanitas program nationwide by MANA National in 2007 and recognized as a "Bright Spot" in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative in Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2015.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Hispanics

Budget

Program 2

MANA de San Diego Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Program was established in 1991. This program is designed to provide financial assistance to Latinas enrolled in institutions of higher education. In an effort to promote higher education within the Hermanitas® Program, qualified hermanita graduates are awarded first year college scholarships.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Hispanics

Budget

Program 3

Latina Success Conference, Latina Success Leadership Program and workshops

The Latina Success Conference empowers the Latina community by connecting Latinas seeking professional and personal growth with experienced local experts who share their personal journey, including financial, leadership, career, health and business tips that contributed to their success and inspire them to reach plan for and reach their professional goals. The Latina Success Leadership Program teaches Latinas the skills they need to advance in the workplace and increase their representation in professional, managerial jobs and in elected offices. The LSLP is designed to increase participants’ civic engagement, empower participants to achieve their goals, expand participants’ ability to grow their professional network and build their personal brand and cultivate personal resiliency and proficiency in behavioral assertiveness. MANA also hosts various workshops and networking events throughout the year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Hispanics

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In San Diego County, 19.3% of Latina high school students do not graduate on time and 7.9% drop out of high school completely. 100% of Hermanitas participants graduate high school on time.

2. Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

Target Population
Females, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Hermanitas participants develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to become competitive college applicants and succeed in college through workshops, college-prep activities & mentoring.

3. Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

Target Population
Females, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Hermanitas participants are paired with a Latina professional mentor who faced similar personal, cultural and economic challenges and overcame them. Mentors offer relevant, understanding guidance.

4. Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

Target Population
Females, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Hermanitas participants develop leadership skills through community service, participation in Girl Scouts and through the planning and implementation of leadership events.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    MANA's goal is to improve the well-being and self-sufficiency of Latina students and professionals across San Diego County.



  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    MANA's strategy is to empower Latinas to succeed academically and professionally by providing a continuum of programs and services that educate and support San Diego Latinas at every stage of their educational and professional journey, starting in middle school. This strategy will lead to higher educational and professional attainment and community participation for Latinas in San Diego, which directly contributes to self-sufficiency at the individual level and a more qualified and diverse pool of professional talent at the community level.




  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    MANA is uniquely positioned as San Diego's premier resource for Latinas and is known for its reliability, accountability and trustworthiness throughout San Diego County. MANA invests in enduring relationships with key community organizations in a spirit of collaboration and collective impact to ensure that MANA understands and responds to the Latina community's most urgent needs. MANA provides distinctively relevant, effective programs to address these needs and has built the infrastructure necessary to measure impact.

    MANA has created an Executive Director position and developed a strategic plan to strengthen programs, streamline processes, maximize human resources and expand community reach—to meet the needs of the growing Latina community.

    MANA's strong community and volunteer support ensures the cost-effectiveness and relevancy of its programs. Volunteers play important roles in program development and execution. Many of MANA's volunteers are past program participants, attesting to the effectiveness and lasting impact of MANA's programs. For example, the Hermanitas program generates a steady stream of future mentor volunteers—graduates whose lives were transformed by this remarkable program and who want to pay it forward to the next generation of Latina youth. Half of all graduates return as program mentors and play a vital role in the program's sustainability and influence.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    MANA's progress is measured by program reach, yearly membership growth and the extent of community partnerships. MANA collects data about the number of Latinas served through its programs, workshops and events, the number of current MANA members and the extent of their participation, and the number of collaborators that actively contribute to MANA's programs. MANA solicits feedback from members and program participants to ensure ongoing program relevancy and effectiveness.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Notable accomplishments include:
    • 60 Hermanitas served last year;
    • $14,500 in scholarships awarded to 14 Latinas (including 9 Hermanitas program graduates) through the scholarship program;
    • Recruitment of 400 volunteers;
    • Successful Brindis Gala that raised funds for all programs—highest earnings to date;
    • Successful launch of the Latina Success Leadership Program in 2015, which served 68 Latina professionals;
    • Established a Finance Committee; and
    • Expanded membership to nearly 500 members.

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

MANA de San Diego serves Latinas across San Diego County through its comprehensive programs.

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Financials

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MANA de San Diego
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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MANA de San Diego

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Sofia Salgado

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"MANA de San Diego is important because it provides Latina women with a place to go when they need help with their educational, career, health, and personal goals. Latinas can go to other places for this help but what makes MANA distinctive is that we offer a safe, culturally-sensitive environment they can trust. Most of our members and volunteers speak Spanish. When we serve a Latina we are serving the entire family and we try to make our programs inclusive of their children and spouses. Our Hermanitas mentorship program invites parents to participate and invites them to seminars where we recruit speakers to cover topics such as the importance of a college education, financial planning, and health and wellness. What's most impressive is that all of our programs are planned and executed by passionate, dedicated volunteers. MANA only has one, part-time programs manager who oversees the programs and volunteers for the organization. So your donation really is making a direct difference through MANA programs. We are also privileged to have our beneficiaries come back and serve as volunteers, committee chairs and board members. Our past Hermanitas graduates and scholarship recipients come back and provide excellent role models who are living proof that success is possible."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Catherine Arambula

Northwestern Mutual Financial

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?