So, what exactly is ELLA?
ELLA (Empowering Latina Leaders to Action) is a grant-funded project that aims to empower a group of 20 women from South Park and nearby communities with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. This pilot project, led by the South Park Information & Resource Center, explores how ELLA students engage and learn when receiving English instruction through a technology-based and community-centered approach.
Promotoras comunitarias group prepares emerging leaders in the community who are able to organize and identify the issues that most impact their communities. As a result, forums that add immigrant rights and legal recourse have been hosted multiples times as well as healthcare insurance sign up workshops of which are provided in Spanish and promoted through word of mouth and local media; such as Facebook, Univision TV, and Seamar radio announcements. Many of the Promotoras are also mothers with children ranging in ages from 6 months to young adults thus efforts that focus on knowledge of toxic chemicals in the home, food security, early childhood education, online school systems for checking on students progress or simply on celebrating as a community through events such as Dia de los Ninos are led by this group.