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February 2020 | Winter
New Year, New Us!

We understand you’re getting bombarded with emails all the time, and in effort to reduce the emails, we’re going to be delivering quarterly newsletter in February, June, October, and an “End of the Year” newsletter in December. No more monthly newsletters!

You can expect our quarterly newsletter to provide updates and a peak in what we’re up to!
¡Introducing a mujer poderosa!
"I think it was important for me to understand that there are people who have the same skin tone as me, speak Spanish like me, and grow up with the same stories that have been told for generations upon generations that also go through the same struggles that I have while seeking higher education for themselves."
Rosie Sanchez
Could we please start off with a quick introduction of yourself? Starting with your name, pronouns, school, and your occupation?

My name is Rosibel Sanchez but I prefer to be called Rosie. I use she/her pronouns. I am currently a full time student attending PVCC (Piedmont Virginia Community College).

How did you first come across Creciendo Juntos?

I found out about Creciendo Juntos last year from my friend/mentor Elizabeth who is the Youth Program Coordinator at Creciendo Juntos.

You also happened to be a mentee of our program Si Se Puede! What pushed you to get involved in Si Se Puede? 

I’ve always enjoyed being part of Latinx programs, and once Elizabeth told me about Si Se Puede I quickly signed up hoping I would be accepted. At the time, I just started my first year of college and although the group was for High Schoolers, Karina and Elizabeth were able to adjust the program for me. What really pushed me to get involved was the fact that I am the first in my family's generation to attend college and I was clueless of what I was doing. Therefore, I thought Si Se Puede would be very educational and a great way of getting support while I began my first semester of college especially during the pandemic...

Support Rosie's in her recently-launched cosmetic business!
Support Rosie's cosmetic business by going on her website and selecting what you like!

Her product are long lasting, smooth, consistent texture, and glossy!

Check out our CHISPA BBY Program...
Click on the photo and it will redirect you to our page where you can read their bio!
If you missed it; a warm welcome for our CHISPA BBY Interns!
A big welcome for our amazing interns! We've been a month in this 8-month long program. We're really excited to share our progress and workshops which will be happening soon. Please keep an eye out on our social media!

Since we are a big community and sharing music is a way of sharing love, here are some songs that our CHISPA BBYs have been listening to:

Don't miss out on our first Open Mic!
After a crazy year in 2020, Creciendo Juntos was finally able to have our Writer's Heaven Open Mic w/ José Olivarez
Our team organized an open mic event in collaboration with the José Olivarez, who's poem "Mexican Heaven" inspired our title, and the artists that submitted for our first Zine. Each artists read their work or demonstrated their pieces and go into a brief explanation behind their submission. 

Each work that was published in the CHISPA zine and presented in this video are credited to the artists themselves (in no particular order): Andrea Espinosa, My'kal and Jeanremi, Arianna Mosqueda, Elizabeth Valtierra, and Dalia López-Ruiz.
Latinx Leaders is coming back... but not in the way you think!
We will be sending out announcement that will go further into details on Latinx Leader soon! Please keep an eye out :)
Remember Si Se Puede? Check out what we have done...
But in the meantime...
Si Se Puede 2020!
Despite the hectic year that 2020 carried, we were able to successfully launch and close our Si Se Puede program. As expected, we went virtual only with the additional Kaleidoscope mentorship cohort! 

We connected with 8 high school students with Latinx college mentors from UVA and PVCC. 

Together we covered a lot of information over the past 4 months; from financial aid and scholarship support to searching for the right college for you. We listened to powerful speakers and talked about some of the difficult truths we experience as Latinx students. Above all, we made connections and built community with each other.
Check out our highlighted workshop:

Prisca started the platform Latina Rebels in 2013, and currently it boasts over 200k organic followers online. She has been featured in Telemundo, Univision, Mitú, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Guerrilla Feminism, Latina Mag, Cosmopolitan, Everyday Feminism, and was invited to the White House in the fall of 2016. 

Click on the picture to be directed to our website with the full video!
¡Important Community News + Announcements!
The current administration has opened up a new ACA enrollment period from February 15-May 15 for people who are uninsured. 

Legal Aid Justice Center and JABA are offering free health insurance counseling appointments to enroll people in health coverage that best suits their needs. 

Their contact information is on the attached flyer. 

They can help enroll people through Zoom, or by phone with a combination of mail and email. 
How to request COVID CARE Support Services:

1.) If you don’t hear from the health department within 24 hours after receiving your positive results, reach out directly to our Care Resource Coordinator at 434-981-4103 via phone, text, or WhatsApp

2.) Tell the person you speak with that you could use support to safely stay at home.

3.) With your consent, the Health Department can automatically refer you to support services.

4.) Questions or concerns about COVID CARE Support Services? Call 434-981-4103

Click on the flyer to view the Spanish version of this flyer as well!
¡Scholarship To Track!
Esperanza Scholarship Fund:
"The Esperanza Education Fund will award scholarship for students to attend public colleges or universities or community colleges. The scholarships range from $5000 to $20,000, depending on financial need. Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution.

...We also provide our students with mentors to help them navigate college, internships and starting a career.  We have activities for scholars throughout their college years to help get to know each other and give them the skills and networks to succeed both in and after college. ..."

  • Applicant must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S.

Deadline: April 1st, 2021
¡Job Opportunities!
Title: Community Health Nurse
Employment: Child Health Partnership

Child Health Partnership seeks a Registered Nurse for community-based health position. Proficiency in Spanish and/or experience with interpreters a plus. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic team, providing assessments and health education for children 0-6, pregnant women, and their families. Full-time position with Monday through Friday daytime hours (no holidays or weekends) and excellent benefits package. 

  • RN required, BSN and experience in community health preferred. 
  • Must have reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursed).
  • EOE with a strong commitment to a diverse staff.

Email resume and cover letter to [email protected] by February 25, 2021

For more information visit www.childhealthpartnership.org
Title: Family Support Specialist/Parent Educator
Employment: Child Health Partnership

Exciting opportunity to work with a professional team. Child Health Partnership seeks a bilingual Family Support Specialist/Parent Educator to work closely with a nurse to encourage optimal health and well-being for pregnant women, children 0-6 and their families. Associate Degree with experience in child development, social work or related field required. Full-time positions and excellent benefits.

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred. 
  • Must have reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursed).

Email resume and cover letter to [email protected] by February 23, 2021

For more information visit www.childhealthpartnership.org
Title: Office Associate at Burley
Employment: Burley Middle School

Performs a wide variety of specialized and/or difficult clerical and administrative duties. Work requires extensive knowledge of department, division, or section policies, procedures, and services and ability to communicate these to others. Tasks may require the ability to plan and carry out assignments. Does related work as required. Work often involves providing assistance to temporary help. Work is performed under regular supervision.

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and one year of clerical experience.

Apply below

Title: Family Support Worker – (Full time – 40 Hours per week)
Employment: ReadyKids Cville

The Family Support Worker (FSW) is responsible for the following job duties:
  • Initiating and maintaining regular (at least weekly or as determined by client’s Healthy Family Level) and long-term (up to five years) contact/support with families aimed at improving parent-child relationship.
  • Educating families on child development, and supporting family functioning. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field or equivalent experience.
  • Fluent in English and one of the following preferred languages: Dari, Farsi, or Pashto.

ReadyKids is seeking a diverse pool of applicants; all are encouraged to apply. Open until filled.

Go to www.readykidscville.org for full position description and application procedures. ReadyKids is a drug-free workplace. EOE/ADA/AA.
Here are some ways you can continue to support us!
Mujeres Latinas Poderosas!
Our team, Elizabeth Valtierra (left) and 
Karina A. Monroy (right). 

Don't forget to follow us on social media!
Thank you so much for your time!
We couldn't have come finish off 2020 and start 2021 with a blast without your help!

To continue helping us, here are some ways in which you can help us meet our goals for this year:

  • You can donate directly to us through our website or by clicking the "Support" button below!

  • And last but not least, you can follow us on social media and share what we are doing with your friends and family!