Here are eight more options for mentorship programs and organizations to consider volunteering or working at. All of these admirable groups help girls and women of color lift themselves up and grow as powerful individuals and community members.
Las Latinitas in Texas, New Mexico, and Massachusetts
Las Latinitas is an organization that equips young Latinas from 11 years old to high school to use media and technology in diverse ways to express themselves. The platform LatinitasMagazine.org was the first digital magazine they created. The organization offers camps, after-school programs, mentoring, and workshops to build confidence through these mediums. Get involved here.
Latin American Association in Atlanta, GA
Doing great work since 1972, the Latin American Association focuses on the Latino immigrant community in the metro Atlanta area through a bilingual staff by providing the tools they need to thrive in their daily lives. From emergency relief services, immigration legal services, ESL workshops to academic support for Latino students, the organization does it all. LAA has several youth programs including the High School Mentoring Program.
Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C.
Founded in the 1960s, the Latin American Youth Center grew from a recreation center to making youth from low-income households more powerful individuals by providing resources and innovative programs. The center’s initiatives are rooted in improving fundamentals such as academics and education in the areas of health and wellness. Here are ways to become involved.
Latina Girls Code in Chicago, IL
A new program started in 2014, Latina Girls Code was created to give Latina girls ages 7-17 a future equal opportunity in the technology industry by providing education, resources (such as hardware and digital tools) and mentorship in tech. Apply to volunteer as a mentor here.
L.O.V.E Mentoring in New York
The Latinas On the Verge of Excellence is a mentorship program to support young Latinas with one-to-one mentorship with female mentors who visit their mentee in the high school for an hour and a half every week. L.O.V.E currently partners with five high schools in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx in New York City. Apply to become a mentor here.
Sociedad Latina in Roxbury, MA
Sociedad Latina has worked with youth and families to help Latino leaders of community rise since 1968 to create the ripple of effect of growth and self-efficiency. Using the Pathways to Success model, the organization tackles urgent issues Latino youth face today such as poverty and lack of education. They support Latino youth from ages 11-21 through programming such as Education, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Arts & Culture. To get involved and volunteer, go here.
The Latina Center in Richmond, CA
For over 15 years, The Latina Center has dedicated itself to developing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Latina immigrant women and their families through the one-year leadership development and community service program in Spanish where the women learn to become leaders within their own communities. Learn more about getting involved here.
Women Worldwide Initiative in New York
Young Women Rock! is an all-girls mentorship program of ages 14-18 in the South Bronx and Brownsville, Brooklyn that facilitates personal development sessions once a week and provides a one-to-one mentorship by pairing up mentors and mentees. I volunteered at YWR! for two years—the first year as a mentor in Brooklyn and the second year as a Mentee/Mentor Director in the South Bronx. The curriculum is a well-thought out plan focused on empowering the lives of young girls through discussions such as global women’s issues and self-esteem. Become a mentor here.