Provide access to vital information and education about Crime Prevention, Public Safety and many other issues affecting the Latino immigrant population.
Create a better relationship between state, local organizations, including law enforcement agencies and other sponsor organizations and the Latino community.
Because of language and cultural barriers, new Latino immigrants in Utah lack knowledge of and access to basis daily living services such as state county and city programs, rights under the law, report crimes, maintain a good relationship with law enforcement agencies are often afraid to seek services. The Latino Community Center was founder in 2002 to foster greater trust in public agencies in the Latino community and to provide access to vital informational and educational services for the Latino immigrant population in Utah. The Center is the only one of its kind in Utah that:
1 Utilizes the Spanish media to provide Latinos with information and education about how their basic daily needs can be addressed. Spanish media enables the Center to reach over 200,000 Latino immigrants weekly who would be very difficult to reach.
2 Uses a combination of radio, television, phone line, community, crime prevention and safety fairs, annual conferences and community meetings to reach thousands of Latinos weekly.
“Latino Helping Latinos” is a key concept to the effectiveness of the Center. All services are provided in Spanish by fellow Latinos. This makes the Center a trusted source of information. Without this trust, many immigrants would remain “invisible” and marginalized. The Center promotes assimilation in a culturally appropriate and friendly manner resulting in increased trust and therefore increased accessing of county and city programs.
The Center’s existing impact on the Latino community, the level of trust it has already engendered in Utah Latino residents, its current media programs, its partnerships, and its physical facilities make it the ideal organization to offer a free after-school program for at-risk middle-and high-school Latino youth that will involve community service education, career training, exposure to community leaders, police officers, and other role models, and participation in producing programs of value to the larger Latino community.
Three aspects of the Center that make it unique in the State of Utah:
1. "Latinos Helping Latinos" is a key concept to the effectiveness of the Center. Latinos recognize the Center as a trusted source of information. Without this trust, many immigrants remain "invisible" and marginalized. The Center promotes assimilation in a culturally appropriate and friendly manner resulting in increased trust and therefore increased accessing of county and city programs.
2. The Center is currently the only program in Utah utilizing the Spanish media to provide Latinos with information and education about how their basic daily needs can be addressed by using existing affordable or free state, cities, and non-profit services. Media enables the Center to reach weekly over 150.000 Latino immigrants who would otherwise be very difficult to reach.
3. Because the Center uses a combination of radio, television, Spanish phone line, community health, safety and crime prevention fairs, and annual conferences, community meetings, and cultural events, the entire Latino population of Utah can access this information and education.