Julia Rivera Named Congreso’s Chief External Affairs Officer!

Julia Rivera has been promoted to Chief External Affairs Officer after serving as Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives spearheading Congreso’s communications, marketing, community and advocacy work since 2017. In her new role as a member of Congreso’s Officer team, Julia will now lead the strategic vision for the agency’s fundraising and development as well. 

Throughout her 5+ years at Congreso, Julia’s drive and commitment to Congreso’s community and culture has been evident and we look forward to seeing her continue to grow and lead. This month Julia was also honored as a member of the AL DÍA’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2022!  

¡Felicidades y pa’lante, Julia!   

Learn more about Julia and Congreso’s Executive Leadership team here


Our Brand New Website is Now LIVE!

Congreso’s new website is now LIVE! We encourage you to explore the new site and check out the new features including a list of community resources, client stories, and more ways to get involved. We hope that it will be a useful tool for you and for all Congreso stakeholders. 

Gracias for continuing to be a part of the Congreso Familia! 


Save the Date! La Feria del Barrio is Here!

Join us in the celebration on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 12-6pm, on North Fifth Street between Huntingdon and Somerset Streets.   

Feria del Barrio has been a long-standing festival in the heart of our neighborhood. Feria is central to the community, and we are excited to celebrate again in 2022. We hope you will join us at the famed El Centro del Oro (the Golden Block) as the community gathers to enjoy a family-friendly outdoor celebration with artists, performances, vendors, and more. Rain or Shine we will be dancing! ️Looking forward to seeing you there!  

Feria is presented and produced by Taller Puertorriqueño in partnership with Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), Congreso de Latino Unidos, HACE, Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and the TV Media Support of NBC10/Telemundo62.   

For more information go to https://feriadelbarrio.org/ 


Aramark’s Back to School Drive at Congreso a Huge Success

On August 3rd, 2022, Congreso welcomed Aramark for a Back to School Drive at our Education & Training Center. Students from our summer programs enjoyed free backpacks, school materials, a cooking demonstration, and ice cream!  

We even had one student sing for the group Man in the Mirror. When we asked Ashton why he chose this song he said,

“I chose this song because Ms. Best always says we have to picture who we want to be in the future; we have to go for our dreams. I want to be a singer.” 

Good luck to you Ashton and all other students this school year!  

Gracias to Aramark for helping our students kick off their upcoming school year with some positivity and a new backpack! 


Edison & KCAPA End Summer Programming Ready for the School Year

On August 12th, 2022, Congreso’s Edison & KCAPA Summer Program ended with an event celebrating 6 weeks of student programming and internships! The cohort highlighted each other's accomplishments and enjoyed music, food, and games. 

Sabria, a senior, shared her experience: 

"My location was Edison HS. We were able to present on different topics to fellow students. My topic was mental health and we touched on coping mechanisms, how we can prevent triggers, working with others, and practicing empathy. 

Having these different learning sessions was very important - not just for youth but for everyone. It's nice to have open conversations without shame or guilt. It's nice to have these outlets." 


Santander Summer Series Provided Financial Education to Our Youth

This summer, 80 youth students from Congreso’s summer programs participated in Santander’s Summer Series focused on financial education. Throughout this program 8 volunteers from Santander lead 4 weekly financial education workshops covering topics such as banking basics & mobile banking, budgeting, credit cards & credit reports, and identity theft & fraud prevention.  

Gracias Santander for providing our youth with tools to learn how to effectively manage their money and save for the future! 


Congreso Celebrates National Health Center Week 

During the second week of August, from the 8th to the 12th, Congreso celebrated National Health Center Week. Congreso’s Health Center took part by hosting each day as an appreciation to children, patients, a healthy lifestyle, stakeholders, and staff. 

The Congreso Health Center gave away children’s books, resources, information, and even a cooking demonstration! 

Thank you to everyone that helped support the Health Center with this week-long event! 

Read President Biden’s proclamation on National Health Center Week 2022 


About Us

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to enable individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency and well-being. To learn more about our programs, check out our impact, or read about our leadership and advisory councils, click below!


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