Cultivando is a leadership, advocacy, and capacity building organization that works in collaboration with community leaders and organizational partners. Our work is built on a foundation of our organizational values of community-led work, social justice, and collaborative leadership-- we hire and train members of the local Latino community to bring leadership and kind advocacy solutions. We train and support Latino community leaders to understand how local systems work in order to make positive change for their children and their community. We match trained leaders with local advocacy opportunities to impact policy changes and bring the authentic voice of impacted community to the tabes where decisions are made.
Examples of our successes include:
*Working to facilitate a Latino Engagement Taskforce for the City of Commerce City, which makes policy recommendations to city staff around inclusive practices, hiring bilingual/bicultural staff, and building positive and collaborative relationships with Latino community members for long-term community transformation.
*Working with the City of Thornton to bring the voices and needs of Latino Community members to city leadership through hiring community-based Promotoras to conduct 350 surveys and community focus groups. The information will be used to change the way the city works with the Latino community, and to improve service delivery and positive relationships. Read more about the project here: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/03/01/thornton-cultivando-latino-community-survey/
*Training and supporting hundreds of Spanish-speaking unlicensed childcare providers around early childhood education, early literacy, health, and kindergarten readiness to reach the majority of children who do not have access to licensed preschool in Adams County and bringing resources to reduce educational disparities in our communities.
*Training local aspiring gardeners and increasing donations of healthy food to local food pantries by over 400,000 lbs to increase local food security in Adams County.
*Partnering with the City of Westminster to hire Promotoras to coordinate a summer lunch program, increasing participation of Latino families and supporting rec centers around building inclusivity and participation, as well as distributing 20,448 meals to children in 2016 and 34,850 in 2017 (up from 2,500 meals in 2015, before Cultivando joined the project).
These are just a few examples of our impact-- our tiny but mighty team and model are incredibly proud of our progress and impact in community!
Our Mission: Cultivating community leadership to advance health equity through advocacy, collaboration, and policy change.
Our Vision: All people hold the power to sustain just and equitable systems and ensure opportunities for their communities to thrive.