Training of Trainers Project
Our new pilot project designed for non-profit leaders interested in training others & strengthening their capacity
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Established in 2003, AP (Formerly the CAPACES Network) is a collaborative of nine sister organizations, hosted and coordinated by the CAPACES Leadership Institute (CLI), whose serving, organizing, and building the leadership of the Latina/o/x communities in Oregon to improve the quality of life for all, especially working families. The nine organizations include: PCUN, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, CAUSA, Mano a Mano Family Center, Latinos Unidos Siempre, Centro de Servicios Para Campesinos, Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, and the CLI.
We envision a Latina/o community in Oregon that has political and economic power, rooted in our cultural assets, to improve the quality of life for all, especially working families.
The CLI is a non-profit organization based in Woodburn, Oregon that was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. Th CLI is a place where leaders of today and tomorrow:
- Engage the values and big ideas of social and economic equity
- Increase their knowledge and appreciation of social change history—their own and the history of struggles which have shaped theirs
- Gain the skills to advance workers’ struggles—in agriculture and allied industries, for farmworkers collective bargaining, and for Latino community well—being
- Foster greater unity and collaboration
Since 1985, PCUN has advocated for Oregon farmworkers and working Latinx families, working tirelessly to empower these communities to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and its harmful effects. PCUN’s efforts are divided among these entities and programs:
- Building Community: Through our 501(c)3 organization, we focus on public education and on building empowering community spaces. This work is done in a culturally responsive, and culturally relevant way – by strengthening our cultural connections to eachother.
- Political Action and Grassroots Policy Advocacy: Through our 501(c) 4 organization, we will build political power, focusing on candidates, issues, and policy change at the state and national levels.
- The Labor Union: Through our 501 C(5) organization, we focus on workers rights, collective-bargaining, and fostering equitable employee-employer relationship
Also based in Woodburn, FHDC builds and manages farmworker housing with farmworker participation. Founded in 1990 by PCUN, Oregon Legal Services and Salud Medical Clinic. In 1992 FHDC started the development of our first housing project, Nuevo Amanecer, Phase I, amid fierce opposition from some community leaders who preferred to see farmworkers segregated in remote labor camps. Governor Barbara Roberts was instrumental in overcoming this opposition and making this project happen and has continued to support FHDC’s efforts. We opened the doors of Nuevo Amanecer to 50 families in 1994.
25 years later, with the addition of our latest development Colonia Jardines in Silverton, we now provide housing to nearly 1,300 individuals in six cities (Woodburn, Salem, Stayton, Silverton, Sublimity and Independence, Oregon). We are currently in the process of building Colonia Unidad in Woodburn, a workforce housing project, to support a changing community to increase career mobility and opportunities for advancement for farmworkers and other low-income individuals and families.
Based in Salem, SKCE promotes educational accountability and equity in the Salem-Keizer School District and in the district’s programs serving low-income and minority children. Founded in 1999 and incorporated in 2003, the Coalition has given the achievement gap, accountability, and transparency a high profile and made them enduring issues regarding the District’s treatment of low-income students and students of color. Even while demanding and advancing institutional accountability, the Coalition has forged solid working relationships with top leaders of the Oregon Department of Education and the Salem-Keizer School District and has developed a model of training for Latino and immigrant parents
Based in Salem, Causa is Oregon’s Latino immigrant rights organization. We were founded in 1995 by farmworkers, Latinos, immigrants, and allies in order to defeat ballot measures that would have negatively impacted the lives of Latino families in Oregon. Causa works at the state and national levels to advance issues that impact the daily lives of Latino immigrant families. Some of these issues include immigration reform, driver licenses, access to higher education, economic justice, and health equity.
Mano a Mano (Hand in Hand) is based in Salem. MaM was originally established in the summer of 1988 in response to the emergency needs of migrant farm workers and their families, as a result of acute crop failures and an over-supply of workers. Our mission is to provide opportunities for our clients to gain knowledge and skills for self-sufficiency; and to increase access to education and health care. We see ourselves not as service providers, but as being in service to the community. Our vision is for our region to be a community of justice where families are strong, safe, and nurturing, and where children thrive
Based in Woodburn, MLP is an organization of farmworker women developing their leadership through an economic micro-enterprise and mutual support. It began in 1997 as a PCUN project and incorporated as an independent non-profit in 2001. Each year, about two-dozen MLP members manufacture and sell holiday wreaths, gaining skills and earning income for their families. Sales have totaled more than $200,000 in recent years. MLP organizes educational and mutual support gatherings for farmworker women and participates actively in campaigns of other Alianza Poder organizations.
Founded in 1996 and based in Salem, LUS develops Latino youth leadership. LUS has conducted numerous campaigns to counter discrimination especially by law enforcement and school officials. LUS has led the campaigns in Oregon to prevent minimum wage rollbacks aimed at youth, and to enact legalization and in-state tuition for undocumented high school graduates.
Centro de Servicios Para Campesinos (CSPC)
Founded in 1977, the CSPC mission to provide immigration integration services to immigrants and farmworkers to improve their quality of life. The CSPC serves over a thousand people annual and provides a variety of services including: legal representation for immigrant matters, referral services, translations, assistance filling various forms (i.e medical, work, school related), and public notary services. These services are vital because they provide an entry point to better economic and health stability for Oregon’s most vulnerable workforce.