If the 2016 presidential election taught us anything, it is that now more than ever it's time to mobilize. Whether it's fighting to make sure your community has a park for kids to play in or guaranteeing all Latinx's rights are being championed, no cause is too small or too large.
These eight organizations that support Latinos in the US are just starting points, but, hey, it's a start you need to make. Once you've found an issue you're passionate about, it's up to you to get more informed and involved — we suggest you host coffee sessions with friends and other volunteers and brainstorm new ways to help. Don't be afraid to speak up and get your voice heard!
1. Embrace Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS)
Embrace Latina Leadership Alliances is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the next generation of Latinas through mentorship. This is the perfect way for you to pay it forward and pass along any wise knowledge to younger girls that will be shaping our future.
2. National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health
With the Republican-controlled Senate taking steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare, as it is commonly known), protecting reproductive health is of utmost importance. The National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health focuses on increasing access to abortion and making sure it's affordable, ensuring sexual and reproductive health equity, and protecting the rights of immigrant women. Your support can range from participating in rallies to donating.
3. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
Every two years and every four years there's a chance to elect, or reelect, those who represent us in government. CHCI champions Latino youth to give them the opportunity to explore careers in public policy. You can get involved by donating or sponsoring an event or program.
4. NALEO Educational Fund
NALEO aims to make sure that Latinos are involved in every part of the political process. The organization helps every Latino, from those working through the citizenship process to those aiming for leadership positions in government. Their tool kits offer easy, actionable ways to get involved in your issue of choice.
5. National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
Securing freedom of the press is one key concern that needs to be championed during all times, but now more than ever. The NAHJ not only aims to help the cause but also increase diversity in newsrooms. If you're a journalist, you can apply to join the organization through their website.
The next wave of Latina trailblazers is dominating in spaces like entrepreneurship and STEM. AccessLatina acts as a resource for Latinas who are looking for both community and motivation to achieve their innovative dreams. You can apply to be a part of their incubator.
7. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The truth is that there aren't many organizations or resources dedicated to normalizing mental health among Latinos. Since the lack of information and guidance on the topic is one of the main reasons Latinos very rarely seek help from professionals, NAMI has created a downloadable presentation that anyone can use to guide one person, or a group of people, through the impact of mental health issues in the Latino community. You can take it upon yourself to host coffee dates that walk your group through their findings.
8. National Latin@ Network
The National Latin@ Network focuses its efforts on raising awareness about domestic violence in the Latino community. The Network hosts different trainings and events and leads research initiatives, all in an effort to keep the Latinx community informed.