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Latino Initiative

Since 2009 Diana Medina Wiley (former VNR Project Coordinator and now staff member at Families in Schools.) has led VNR's Latino Initiative, bringing together Latino leaders from the nonprofit, government and business sectors together for networking and education on topics of common interest. The first networking session was held in September 2009, followed by an educational workshop in December 2010 that focused on finding and recruiting Latino volunteers. In December 2011, "Nonprofit Leadership Development for Young Latinas" was the third event in this series, with a distinguished panel of Latina nonprofit and government leaders. And in December 2012, another event focused on leadership development was held with Pan American Bank CEO Jesse Torres and Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program Director Richard Diaz - including a lively discussion of how Latino networking groups, social media, mentorships and formal leadership development programs can help build career success for Latinos in the nonprofit sector.

In November 2014, VNR collaborated with several other organizations to present an educational workshop on helping Latino clients access hunger and nutrition services.

From 2008-2012 VNR conducted a research study, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which developed and pilot tested a program for involving Spanish-speaking Latino families in mental health services for their adolescent family members. The program was disseminated both locally and nationally. For more information, visit the Latino Multifamily Group Program page.

To learn more about VNR's Latino Initiative, please contact Julaine Konselman at or 818/677-2774.