The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is putting $1 million behind efforts to serve and represent the interests of Detroit’s Latino community.
The Battle Creek-based foundation awarded the grant over four years to the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies to build the necessary infrastructure to strengthen collaborations and implement a Latino Agenda for Southwest Detroit.
The coalition encompasses Community Health and Social Services, Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Latino Family Services, Mana de Metro Detroit and SER Metro Detroit.
Detroit has a vibrant, growing Latino community, but it continues to face challenges in securing the necessary policy changes, Norman Bent, executive director of the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, said in a release.
“We aim to directly address the healing that needs to occur after years of racial discrimination and exclusion,” Bent said.
Kellogg thinks people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems, Linda Jo Doctor, a program officer for the foundation, said in the release.
The Consortium of Hispanic Agencies is “working tirelessly to make measurable change for the Latino community, especially its vulnerable youth and families, which is fundamental to all of the foundation’s work,” she said.
In August, the consortium convened 200 Latino leaders from the nonprofit, business, education, faith-based and government sectors to revisit the 1991 Latino Agenda and to re-evaluate community needs.
It plans to publicly share its updated Latino Agenda in March.
Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation