PROGRAMAS ACTUALES

Educación: En la primavera de 2012, el Distrito Escolar del Valle de St. Vrain anunció que su programa de Educación de Adultos, que había sido una institución vital de la comunidad durante 45 años, se cerraría al final de los años escolares 2012-13. El programa fue la única fuente acreditada de servicios gratuitos de educación para adultos para aquellos que desean aprender inglés como segundo idioma, obtener un GED y mejorar la estabilidad de sus familias o convertirse en ciudadanos de los EE. UU. El Comité adoptó este programa debido a su alineación con los desafíos de su cliente en el idioma y la educación como barreras clave para lograr y mejorar su empleo y su capacidad para volverse autosuficientes. El programa a través de su programa educativo ofrece cuatro niveles de clases de ESL para adultos (inglés como segundo idioma) durante todo el año. El programa de educación para adultos que ofrece El Comitѐ es un plan de estudios certificado por el estado, con un laboratorio de computación y tutoría. En 2018, sesenta (60) clientes / estudiantes participaron en las clases de ESL. El Comité ofrece un Día de Procesamiento de la Ciudadanía para ayudar a los residentes permanentes que estén interesados ​​en convertirse en ciudadanos de los EE. UU. A completar la solicitud N-400. Los abogados de inmigración están presentes para revisar la solicitud y responder cualquier pregunta. En 2018, el personal y los voluntarios ayudaron a sesenta y cinco (65) clientes a completar su solicitud de ciudadanía.

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Education: In the spring of 2012, the St. Vrain Valley School District announced that its Adult Education program, which had been a vital institution of the community for 45 years, would be closing at the end of the 2012-13 school years. The program was the only accredited source of free adult education services for those seeking to learn English as a second language, earn a GED, and improve their family’ stability and/or become U.S. citizens. El Comitѐ adopted this program because of its alignment with its client’s challenges in language and education as key barriers to achieving and improving their employment and ability to become self-sufficient. El Comitѐ through its education program provides four levels of Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes throughout the year. The Adult Education program that El Comitѐ offers is a state–certified classroom curriculum, with a computer lab, and tutoring. In 2018, sixty (60) clients/students participated in the ESL classes.El Comite provides a Citizenship Processing Day to assist permanent residents who are interested in becoming a U.S. Citizen in filling out the N-400 application. Immigration attorneys are present to review the application and answer any questions. In 2018, staff and volunteers assisted sixty-five (65) clients in filling out their application for citizenship.

We have on average eleven (11) community volunteers who assist clients in filling out the application. Clients must pass the English, U.S. history and government tests. (with the help of El Comite staff and volunteers’ applicants learn the 100 questions required for the USCIS test). Finally, they are given an appointment for the Swearing in Ceremony, where they get their citizenship certificate. We encourage them to register to vote on the same day. This is a good example of why El Comité’s services are so important. Clients often need help throughout the process which can take over a year to a year and a half to complete. This also shows that the needs for El Comité’s services are much needed in the community.El Comite offers Citizenship Classes to assist applicants in learning the 100 questions. The classes are held every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In 2018 we started providing the citizenship class in Spanish to our clients who are 50 years of age plus 20 years of permanent residency or 55 years of age plus 15 years of permanent residency because they are entitled to take the test in their own language. In 2018 we had 35 students in our Citizenship classes.El Comitѐ provides Family Learning Sessions to our clients. In 2018 we had five learning sessions.

Our first session was hosted by High Plains Bank, they provided a training on how to fill out a loan application. They have a program for individuals who are applying for their citizenship but who do not have the $745.00 application fee, they can apply for a loan in which they pay back in monthly payments over a year. This is a good opportunity for the client to build their credit. We had six clients in attendance. Our second learning session was hosted by Veronica Garcia from the City of Longmont Senior Center. She did a class on “Preparando Mi Regalo de Paz, Preparing My Gift of Peace”. The training focuses on avoiding family conflict when the person is no longer alive. This training helps families prepare ahead so they know the wishes and choices of their family member and they are respected. These decisions are easier for the family during the time of crisis and grief. Because we had such a great interest, we repeated this training a second time. We had twelve clients attend this training.

Our third session was in collaboration with the St. Vrain Football Club (Soccer). This session was an informative session for parents to understand how their children can play soccer professionally. We had low attendance of 3 families. Next year we will hold the training at the soccer field. Our fourth training session for 2018 was sponsored by the Brooke Colvin Insurance Agency. They spoke on the differences between auto insurance and life insurance. They also explained what Colorado Law requires drivers to have. (They were not selling insurance). We had seven clients in attendance.

Our fifth and final Learning Session was our Health Fair. It was held in the El Comité parking lot. It was sponsored by the Mexican Consulate and Dr. Ricardo Gonzales. They had tests for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure. They also provided information on the risks of marijuana, and sugary drinks and information on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. We had 21 local agencies participate. El Comité also had a table with information. Entertainment was provided throughout the day by the folkloric dancers and the dancers “Sabor a Mexico” from Longmont, these are the dancers from the Osvaldo Gomez group. We also had the Mariachi students from our local middle school, Timberline providing entertainment. We estimated that we had over 200 participants.

Self-Sufficiency: According to Boulder County Foundation’s 2017-2019 report on key indicators. “demographically Boulder County is becoming more diverse, adding vibrancy, new ideas and a variety to our Community. One in four Boulder County residents identifies as a person of color. More than 50% of Latinos here are younger than 25”. “Currently, Latinos the largest minority, have lower levels of education and are more likely to live in poverty than the population as a whole”. And finally, “Racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants remain Boulder County’s most marginalized populations”.

In 2018 El Comite served 2,771 clients. El Comitѐ assists clients in becoming Self-Sufficient through referrals, advocacy and empowerment. Through our Case Management program, we assist clients with issues, including but not limited to housing, domestic violence, disability, senior care, and physical and mental health issues. El Comitѐ provides clients with legal resources and referrals to appropriate free/low cost legal service providers. They partner with 7 (seven) local attorneys who deal with issues including but not limited to; immigration/citizenship, unpaid wages, workers comp, divorce, landlord/tenant issues, police interactions and income tax issues. El Comité staff also provides translation services, to fill out paper work or to read a document they received in English. And new in 2018 El Comite provides notary services to its clients.

El Comitѐ provides referrals to other community agencies and business to assure clients have access to services and benefits for which they qualify. Many times, clients need assistance and guidance in the navigation through the maze of school systems, social health and human services. All programming follows best practices of customized, responsible and appropriate services. Cultural disconnectedness and anti-immigration policies have increased Latinos urgency to seek trusted consultation and reliable social, health and legal information in a culturally proficient environment.

Community Bridge Building: El Comite has collaborations with six (6) community agencies, these agencies have office hours at El Comite to provide services to our clients. El Comitѐ encourages civic engagement within the Latino Community. They encourage Latinos to get involved on Boards and commissions. El Comitѐ advocates for laws and initiatives that promote social justice and equality and serves as the bridge between the Latino community and the non-Latino community. The Executive Director and staff are members of the St. Vrain Community Council, the Boulder County Latino Coalition, Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition, and the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee. El Comitѐ co-sponsors events to bring the county’s diverse immigrant population together to share their customs with the broader community. Events include but are not limited to: the annual Día de Los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and Inclusive Communities.

EVALUATION.
El Comitѐ gathers data from clients when they request services from the agency. Results are compiled monthly and analyzed bi-annually. At the end of the year a report is generated tallying the results. Through tracking the programs and attendance, they measure the extent to which they have achieved the stated objectives of our programs. Class attendance and feedback forms indicate program relevance to our population. Citizenship Clinic participants are tracked through the stages of their application process until swearing in.

COLLABORATION.
El Comité’s interaction with our partnering agencies improves its clients’ ability to access culturally appropriate services and creates a positive outcome for them and the community. El Comitѐ collaborates with six (6) community agencies who have office hours at El Comité. Some come monthly, and others come weekly. These groups include the following organizations: Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP), Boulder County Housing and Human Services Health Coverage, (BCHHS), Cultivate (formerly Boulder County Care Connect- BCCC), Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD), Front Range Community College (FRCC), and Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley. We also work closely with the other organizations in our community to increase outreach, share resources, and coordinate programming.

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Education:  In the spring of 2012, the St. Vrain Valley School District announced that its Adult Education program, which had been a vital institution of the community for 45 years, would be closing at the end of the 2012-13 school years.  The program was the only accredited source of free adult education services for those seeking to learn English as a second language, earn a GED, and improve their family’ stability and/or become U.S. citizens.   El Comitѐ adopted this program because of its alignment with its client’s challenges in language and education as key barriers to achieving and improving their employment and ability to become self-sufficient.  El Comitѐ through its education program provides four levels of Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes throughout the year.  The Adult Education program that El Comitѐ offers is a state–certified classroom curriculum, with a computer lab, and tutoring.  In 2018, sixty (60) clients/students participated in the ESL classes.El Comite provides a Citizenship Processing Day to assist permanent residents who are interested in becoming a U.S. Citizen in filling out the N-400 application.  Immigration attorneys are present to review the application and answer any questions. In 2018, staff and volunteers assisted sixty-five (65) clients in filling out their application for citizenship.

We have on average eleven (11) community volunteers who assist clients in filling out the application. Clients must pass the English, U.S. history and government tests. (with the help of El Comite staff and volunteers’ applicants learn the 100 questions required for the USCIS test).   Finally, they are given an appointment for the Swearing in Ceremony, where they get their citizenship certificate.  We encourage them to register to vote on the same day.   This is a good example of why El Comité’s services are so important.  Clients often need help throughout the process which can take over a year to a year and a half to complete.   This also shows that the needs for El Comité’s services are much needed in the community.El Comite offers Citizenship Classes to assist applicants in learning the 100 questions.  The classes are held every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  In 2018 we started providing the citizenship class in Spanish to our clients who are 50 years of age plus 20 years of permanent residency or 55 years of age plus 15 years of permanent residency because they are entitled to take the test in their own language.  In 2018 we had 35 students in our Citizenship classes.El Comitѐ provides Family Learning Sessions to our clients.  In 2018 we had five learning sessions.

Our first session was hosted by High Plains Bank, they provided a training on how to fill out a loan application. They have a program for individuals who are applying for their citizenship but who do not have the $745.00 application fee, they can apply for a loan in which they pay back in monthly payments over a year.  This is a good opportunity for the client to build their credit.  We had six clients in attendance.  Our second learning session was hosted by Veronica Garcia from the City of Longmont Senior Center.  She did a class on “Preparando Mi Regalo de Paz, Preparing My Gift of Peace”.  The training focuses on avoiding family conflict when the person is no longer alive.  This training helps families prepare ahead so they know the wishes and choices of their family member and they are respected.   These decisions are easier for the family during the time of crisis and grief.  Because we had such a great interest, we repeated this training a second time.   We had twelve clients attend this training.

Our third session was in collaboration with the St. Vrain Football Club (Soccer).   This session was an informative session for parents to understand how their children can play soccer professionally.  We had low attendance of 3 families.  Next year we will hold the training at the soccer field.  Our fourth training session for 2018 was sponsored by the Brooke Colvin Insurance Agency.  They spoke on the differences between auto insurance and life insurance.  They also explained what Colorado Law requires drivers to have.  (They were not selling insurance).  We had seven clients in attendance.

Our fifth and final Learning Session was our Health Fair.  It was held in the El Comité parking lot.  It was sponsored by the Mexican Consulate and Dr. Ricardo Gonzales.   They had tests for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure.  They also provided information on the risks of marijuana, and sugary drinks and information on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.  We had 21 local agencies participate.  El Comité also had a table with information. Entertainment was provided throughout the day by the folkloric dancers and the dancers “Sabor a Mexico” from Longmont, these are the dancers from the Osvaldo Gomez group.  We also had the Mariachi students from our local middle school, Timberline providing entertainment.  We estimated that we had over 200 participants.

Self-Sufficiency: According to Boulder County Foundation’s 2017-2019 report on key indicators.  “demographically Boulder County is becoming more diverse, adding vibrancy, new ideas and a variety to our Community.  One in four Boulder County residents identifies as a person of color.  More than 50% of Latinos here are younger than 25”.   “Currently, Latinos the largest minority, have lower levels of education and are more likely to live in poverty than the population as a whole”.  And finally, “Racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants remain Boulder County’s most marginalized populations”.

In 2018 El Comite served 2,771 clients.  El Comitѐ assists clients in becoming Self-Sufficient through referrals, advocacy and empowerment.  Through our Case Management program, we assist clients with issues, including but not limited to housing, domestic violence, disability, senior care, and physical and mental health issues.   El Comitѐ provides clients with legal resources and referrals to appropriate free/low cost legal service providers.  They partner with 7 (seven) local attorneys who deal with issues including but not limited to; immigration/citizenship, unpaid wages, workers comp, divorce, landlord/tenant issues, police interactions and income tax issues.  El Comité staff also provides translation services, to fill out paper work or to read a document they received in English. And new in 2018 El Comite provides notary services to its clients.

El Comitѐ provides referrals to other community agencies and business to assure clients have access to services and benefits for which they qualify.  Many times, clients need assistance and guidance in the navigation through the maze of school systems, social health and human services.   All programming follows best practices of customized, responsible and appropriate services.  Cultural disconnectedness and anti-immigration policies have increased Latinos urgency to seek trusted consultation and reliable social, health and legal information in a culturally proficient environment.

Community Bridge Building: El Comite has collaborations with six (6) community agencies, these agencies have office hours at El Comite to provide services to our clients.  El Comitѐ encourages civic engagement within the Latino Community.  They encourage Latinos to get involved on Boards and commissions.  El Comitѐ advocates for laws and initiatives that promote social justice and equality and serves as the bridge between the Latino community and the non-Latino community.   The Executive Director and staff are members of the St. Vrain Community Council, the Boulder County Latino Coalition, Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition, and the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee. El Comitѐ co-sponsors events to bring the county’s diverse immigrant population together to share their customs with the broader community.  Events include but are not limited to:  the annual Día de Los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and Inclusive Communities.

EVALUATION. 
El Comitѐ gathers data from clients when they request services from the agency.   Results are compiled monthly and analyzed bi-annually.   At the end of the year a report is generated tallying the results.  Through tracking the programs and attendance, they measure the extent to which they have achieved the stated objectives of our programs.  Class attendance and feedback forms indicate program relevance to our population.   Citizenship Clinic participants are tracked through the stages of their application process until swearing in.

COLLABORATION.
El Comité’s interaction with our partnering agencies improves its clients’ ability to access culturally appropriate services and creates a positive outcome for them and the community.   El Comitѐ collaborates with six (6) community agencies who have office hours at El Comité. Some come monthly, and others come weekly.    These groups include the following organizations:  Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP), Boulder County Housing and Human Services Health Coverage, (BCHHS), Cultivate (formerly Boulder County Care Connect- BCCC), Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD), Front Range Community College (FRCC), and Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley.  We also work closely with the other organizations in our community to increase outreach, share resources, and coordinate programming.