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"CJ has given me..."

"Creciendo Juntos me ha dado..."

In honor of  Giving Tuesday , we asked our community to let us know what ways they feel CJ (Creciendo Juntos) has given to them by completing this sentence 

"CJ has given me_________" here's what they said:

“CJ has given me community. CJ has given me empowerment. CJ has given me a support system.”

-Melania Saravia, Latinx Leadership Group and CHISPA participant.
“CJ has given me hope to help guide my two Latina daughters into becoming successful leaders.”

-Pilar Valtierra, Latinx Leadership Group and Education Work Group participant. 
"CJ has given me a sense of belonging. CJ has given me support where I need it. CJ has given me unique opportunities."

-Sara Luna, Latinx Leadership Group and CHISPA participant.
"Creciendo Juntos has given me many opportunities and opened up doors in my career. I've gained many skills and knowledge, I'm grateful for their presence in our community."
-Elizabeth Valtierra, Latinx Leadership Group participant and Creciendo Juntos Intern. 
“Creciendo Juntos has given me hope for creating an inclusive community.”
-Nick Smith, CJ Education workgroup participant.

“CJ has given me equality.”
-Alexandra Maldonado, Latinx Leadership Group participant and CJ Summer Jr. Intern.

“Creciendo Juntos me ha dado un espacio para conectar con otras personas de mi cultura y así sentirme orgullosa de mis raíces. Un ambiente seguro para colaborar para apoyarnos a seguir adelante e involucrar más a los jóvenes a ser participantes activos de la sociedad.”
-Monica Luna, Latinx Leadership Group and Latinx Steering Committee participant. 
"Creciendo Juntos has given me a community in which I can grow, I can learn, and I can become a better version of myself for my people."
-Karina A. Monroy, CJ Program Coordinator.
These words are the reason we do what we do! We are so grateful and feel so lucky to collaborate and build meaningful relationships with our community! 

We hope you will consider supporting us in 
continuing to give to our community!
Giving Day (Dec. 3rd) may have passed but you can still help us reach our goal ($2,500)!
Please help us reach our goal (or surpass it!) by donating, and or sharing with your network! 

your Creciendo Juntos familia.
Here are the official dates for our Winter Meetings 2019 of Latinx Leaders Group!

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VALHEN Scholarship
The VALHEN ( Virginia Latino Higher Education Network ) scholarship program is dedicated to assist Latinx/Hispanic students to pursue higher education within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Scholarship awards are for one-year and will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to cover tuition, books, and/or fees. 

Application Opens: Nov. 15th, 2019
Priority Application Review will begin on December 15, 2019

Application Deadline: January 15th @ 5pm
Awarded: March 2020

Application Must:
  1. Be of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage
  2. Live in Virginia
  3. Have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Be a high school senior or graduate of Virginia high school and either have been accepted or to be enrolled as a full time student, in degree-granting public or private Virginia college or university.
  5. Be able to demonstrate leadership through involvement in school and in the community, government, non-profit organization, work/job duties, or in another manner not mentioned here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Essays of 300-500 words are required of all applicants

Finalists Will Be Required to Submit
  1. An official transcript
  2. Contact information for two references
  3. A teacher
  4. A peer or non-teacher reference (Not a family member)
  5. A phone interview may be required
Mental Health
Enter Winter with these Healing Events!
Contact Info.
(434) 872-0047
[email protected] . Se habla español
Main Office Jefferson School Office
1101 East High St. Charlottesville 233 4th St. NW
Highlighted Events:
Yoga for People of Color
3rd Sunday each month
Common Ground Healing Arts @ Jefferson School
Healing & Nurturing Space; Beginners welcome.

Gentle Mat/Chair Yoga
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am Nov. 5-Dec. 17
Main Office @ The Women's Initiative
Slow, mindful postures to‘tend and befriend’ your body

Knitting Circle
Thursdays, 5:30-7pm
Main Office @ The Women's Initiative
New and experienced knitters welcome.
Challenge Into Change
Do you have a Challenge into Change story to share?  Challenge into Change  is a forum for real-life stories about women transforming life challenges into opportunities for positive change and growth.
  • First-time writers encouraged to enter
  • Essays and poetry welcome—500 words or less
  • All eligible entries published
  • Cash prizes to winners
  • Authors honored at Virginia Festival of the Book
​Submission deadline is December 12, 2019
Latinx Spotlight
Ingrid Ramos
“When I look back… Sometimes we think about the community as one thing. But in reality, it’s one person, like you as a person… I was able to find kind people and that gave me a sense of community.”

For this month’s Latinx Spotlight, I was able to interview Ingrid Ramos, director of Bienestar & Resilience programs in The Women's Initiative. She’s also one of our board members for Creciendo Juntos.
Her work in the community has been focused on moving our Latinx communities forward in healing and raising awareness for mental health resources within Charlottesville. For many years, her resilience and passion in working with understanding trauma and healing has made her a trusted and loved individual 
I was able to sit down with her at her office just before the holiday week.
Ingrid received her bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago in Dominican Republic. She later on went to her master’s degree in Liberty University. 
This brought me to ask her what brought her to Charlottesville? All the way from Dominican Republic?
“Let’s start with how I [arrived] to United States. When I was in my country back then, I was an account first.” She began. “After having some work experiences… I realized that I wanted to shift career so that I could be someone that helps people more directly” She emphasizes that she believes that we can help people from any [backgrounds] regardless of what’s their passion or who they love.

“However, at that time, I was trying to figure out what resonated with me, my passion, and staying true to myself…” She explains that this led her into pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology later on. “By the time that I [completed] my bachelor’s psychology, my husband received an opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in guitar performance as well as an assistantship program in Shenandoah University.”
This has opened up many doors as well for Ingrid. Soon, Ingrid found herself in the area of Winchester, Virginia. This prompted her into seeking for an online program that will allow her to continue pursuing her master’s while still being able to travel to the university whenever needed. She found Liberty University to be her best option.
After I heard that she had to navigate through these education systems in different countries, I asked her what the experience was like for her.
I made a comment about how difficult and intimidating it seems and she agreed immediately. “At the beginning… It sounded like I had a clear path, but I had headaches.” She laughed. “I had to figure out where can I go, where can I study, the legal requirements… It just depends on how you arrive [in the United States] that will affect where you can work or where you can study.” 

To read more of her interview, click down below!
Newsletter | Cj Network

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The Women's Initiative are seeking a Part-Time Bilingual Mental Health Therapist (Spanish/English) to provide compassionate clinical care for 10-20 hours a week in the Bienestar Program for Latina women. Successful candidates will have a minimum of one year of experience as a master’s-level counselor or social worker and be team-oriented with a strengths-based approach to services. They are seeking a candidate who is passionate about working with women of all backgrounds and has a demonstrated interest in multicultural issues with an emphasis on those affecting the Latino community.

Candidates who also have excellent skills in writing and public speaking will be considered for additional responsibilities with the Bienestar Program’s other offerings (social support, community outreach, psychoeducation) and marketing needs. The Women’s Initiative is committed to building a diverse workforce and encourages candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. EOE. Master’s degree in Counseling or Social Work required. Licensed or license-eligible required.

Email cover letter and resume with the subject line “Programs Intern” to Molly O’Halloran at [email protected] . Position open until filled.
We are seeking a Bienestar Support Specialist to coordinate community outreach, social support, psychoeducation, and marketing for our Bienestar Program for Latina women 5-10 hours a week. Successful candidates will have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish, be team-oriented, be passionate about working with women of all backgrounds, and have a demonstrated interest in multicultural issues with an emphasis on those affecting the Latino community.

The Women’s Initiative is committed to building a diverse workforce and encourages candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. EOE.

Email cover letter and resume with the subject line “Bienestar Support Specialist” to Molly O’Halloran at [email protected]. Position open until filled.

INTERNSHIP - Cville Immigrant Bond Fund
The Cville Immigrant Bond Fund is currently seeking an intern for 5-10 hours a week to further our mission of supporting immigrants in paying legal defense and ICE bond. This person should be bilingual, familiar with the impacted community, highly responsible and, dedicated to the work that we do. Responsibilities include: community outreach; management of applications for support (including a dedicated phone/whats app line); some administrative tasks and, if the person has 10 hours, assisting the coordinator of CIRAC's transportation network that provides rides to immigration court, check-ins, local appointments.

They would report to and work most closely with our volunteer Executive Director but would also be included in the full spectrum of our activities. Contact Priscilla Mendenhall at [email protected] .

For more information on Cville Immigrant Bond Fund, click here .
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