Sociedad latina

Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has been working in collaboration with Latino youth and their families to end the destructive cycle of poverty, inequality in access to health services, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community. Through our Pathways to Success model, we take the initiative by introducing new and innovative solutions to the most critical problems facing young Latinos today with a focus that celebrates our Latin heritage and enables young people to forge identities with deep roots in our Latin culture. Our model supports the positive development of young people from 11 to 21 years of age, creating a community that values young people and enables them to be the defenders of their rights and those of their community.

Each year, Sociedad Latina serves 5,000 young people and adults. A thousand of these young people, from 11 to 21 years of age, participate intensively with Sociedad Latina through our integral and coordinated daily programming designed to train them in four areas that our community has identified as those that need the most support: Education, Work Readiness, Civic Engagement, and Arts and Culture. Programs promote long-term participation, positive interactions with adults, and cultural pride, giving youth an extensive support network that enables them to develop as competent, self-confident, successful, and independent adults.


Through Pathways to Success, we connect youth to ten years of intensive, free, year-round programming that uses culturally and linguistically responsive and sustaining practices to capitalize on strengths and assets, such as bilingualism, high aspirations, resiliency and strong family and community ties. Our approach works in partnership with families and a wide network of cross-sector partners to build young people’s skills and knowledge in the following areas:

Education: Supports youth and their families on the journey from middle school through high school and on to college, with expertise in working with English learners.

Civic Engagement: Elevates grassroots Latino leadership on issues affecting youth lives and opportunities, such as education reform, health inequity and community building.

Workforce Development: Prepares youth for careers in robust fields where Latinos are underrepresented, including healthcare, public service, the arts, STEM and entrepreneurship.

Arts & Culture: Offers high-quality opportunities to create and experience art in a range of artistic disciplines, with a focus on Latino cultural traditions.


Through educational, cultural, social, emotional and professional supports rooted in the community, Sociedad Latina empowers youth to succeed at school, build critical 21st century and workforce development skills, take pride in their culture, and engage in their community. Youth and families in the Pathways grow long-term relationships with staff who consistently hold youth to high standards and connect them with needed support services, whether within Sociedad Latina or through our wide referral network.


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