The goal of The Power of Families Program (POF), is to remove the unique barriers that impede school readiness, community engagement and access to health care among Tulsa’s Hispanic/Latinx families, with a focus on Spanish-speaking, vulnerable and isolated families. POF relies on bilingual and bicultural Promotoras to engage with families to better understand their social, economic, health, behavioral health and inclusion needs. Spanish-speaking families are often systemically discouraged from engaging in accessing social services, community activities and are normally not represented in local policy making. Through engagement with these families, the program provides community partners and leaders with culturally-competent local strategies to remove barriers and provide equitable opportunities.
Promotoras are peer leaders and educators who are members of the community with lived experience in the Hispanic/Latinx culture who receive specialized training to serve as Hispanic/Latinx community liaisons, advocates and educators. Their role is to build trust with Hispanic/Latinx families enrolled in The Power of Families Program and increase families’ knowledge of community resources, assist them in developing a dense social network within their school and community, and support them in caring and advocating for their children and family members.
The Power of Families began in 2014 with a three-year grant awarded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Community Service Council to expand the capacity of Tulsa area Hispanic/Latinx families, friends and neighborhood care environments to provide successful equitable early childhood experiences for children who were not able to access formal early childhood programs and/or whose first language was not English.
Maria Elena Kuykendall
Community Advisor, Power of Families Program
Community Service Council
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