Congreso Board Chair Esperanza Martinez Neu and Husband David Neu Recognized for Humanitarian Award
Felicidades to our Congreso Board Chair, Esperanza Martinez Neu, and husband David Neu, who were awarded the 2019 Humanitarian Award by the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation! We are honored to consider them part of our Congreso Familia!
ELECT M.I. Design Challenge Success
Congratulations to the ELECT team for successfully designing and pitching an improved motivational interviewing tool to their funder last month! After being the first Congreso program team to go through design lab last summer to learn about human-centered design, the ELECT team is applying the skills they’ve acquired to make a program tool more client-centered. The improved form will be tested for implementation across Pennsylvania! This is what Congreso’s Mission 2 Impact is all about!
“We want every single part of this program to uplift our students and support them in making progress towards their own personal goals. Our new tool will better integrate their wants and needs into our case management work. We’re excited to move forward with our design this fall and see what an impact it can have.” – Katie Breiner, Quality Assurance Coordinator (Family & Housing Services).
Latina Domestic Violence Program Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and Congreso's Latina Domestic Violence Program (LDVP) was proud to participate by hosting an event and promoting resources and partners!
The Congreso Familia helped #PaintPhillyPurple to raise awareness about domestic violence and show support for victims and survivors by wearing their purple attire on October 1st!
The LDVP’s DVAM event featured a series of monologues performed in both Spanish and English that represent individuals’ lived experiences of violence, survival, and empowerment.
As DVAM concludes, Congreso would like to thank Women in Transition, Lutheran Settlement Home, Women Against Abuse, and the City of Philadelphia for their continued support of this month-long initiative!
On October 20th, Congreso’s Esfuerzo team participated in the 2019 AIDS Walk Philly to support the fight against HIV/AIDS! In addition, over $400 dollars was raised through the team’s bake sale and raffle which went to supporting the event. Gracias to everyone who joined the walk and helped fundraise!
Congreso Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th – October 15th to recognize the cultures and contributions of the Latinx community in the United States, and the Congreso Familia made sure to join the fiesta!
Staff Appreciation Committee Event
Congreso staff joined the Staff Appreciation Committee to enjoy traditional pastelillos, coffee, and some salsa! A variety of flags and colors were proudly represented!
ELECT Families Trick or Treat through Congreso Campus
On October 23rd, the ELECT team hosted their 6th annual Safe Trick or Treating event for ELECT students and their children! Congreso’s ELECT program provides case management and supportive services for high school and GED students who are expecting a child and/or parenting.
Congreso Hosts PNC Bank for Financial Wellness Day
On October 17th, Congreso welcomed PNC Bank for their 2nd Annual Financial Wellness Day!
The goal of this day was to offer community residents and Congreso staff free financial education. The seminar topics included raising money smart kids and financial recovery.
Gracias to Nelson Acevedo, PNC Vice President and Community Development Specialist, for coordinating and hosting one of the seminars and to PNC for their continued partnership!
Out of School Time Program holds First Middle School Career Fair
Congreso's Out of School Time Program hosted their first "S.T.E.A.M.ing through Life Career Choices" Career Fair on October 25th!
Students in grades 6th-8th from Roberto Clemente Middle School moved from table to table, speaking to Congreso staff and community members about different careers and professions while engaging in fun activities. Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez even stopped by for an inspiring speech to kick-off the event!
"The goal of the fair was to expose scholars to various areas of S.T.E.A.M and link them up to professionals in those areas." - Ms. Best, Congreso STEM Coordinator.
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