2017 – National Latino Children's Institute - El Día de Los Niños – Celebrating Young Americans

On April 27, 2017, The National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) announced its 19th resolution designating April 30, 2017 as El Día de Los Niños – Celebrating Young Americans (ELDN) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Olga Aros, NLCI Board Chair, opened the event reaffirming the importance of being an advocate for Latino children and youth in the United States even more than ever in today’s political climate.

In attendance were fellow NLCI board members and guests.   Luz Solis – El Día de Los Niños organization from Chicago, Illinois, representatives from First Focus and the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN).

ELDN Chicago received an award on behalf of NLCI for their advocacy efforts, and continuous dedication and commitment to Latino children and youth. This year marks the 18th annual Parade and Fiesta for El Día de Los Niños in Chicago, its largest celebration to date. Solis, founder/president of ELDN Chicago, was present to receive the award.

Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus, a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions, spoke on the realities of child poverty in America and how the nation invests in children. According to Lesley, the United States Congress invests less than 8% in children and in the last six years the children’s share of overall spending has dropped. He also noted that children are 69% more likely to live in poverty than adults. It is important to note that the South and Southwest part of the nation invests less per child in K-12 educational programs, and less on medical assistance and social services per poor child. As a nation, we must be committed to ending child poverty – Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2015. Download Presentation >>

NLCI Board Chair along with board members in attendance took the opportunity to celebrate the organizations upcoming 20th anniversary by presenting ELDN video where Becky Barrera, NLCI Founder, Olga Aros, Board Chair and El Día de Los Niños advocate and Rita Jaramillo, NLCI Chair Emeritus spoke on the importance of advocating for Latino children and youth. View Video >>

ELDN resolution designating April 30, 2017, as El Día de Los Niños—Celebrating Young Americans was passed in the Senate introduced by Senator Bob Menendez from the state of New Jersey with 11 Senate co-sponsors. The House resolution was introduced by Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico and referred to the House Oversight Committee, where it was not acted.  Download Resolution >>


Mission

NLCI’s mission is to focus the nation’s attention on the contributions and challenges of young Latinos by advocating for their success and well being through partnerships and programs.


Hashtag #younglatinovoices

Tweeting allows NLCI to talk and listen to young Latinos.  Words have power and we hope to encourage young Latinos to express themselves through our hashtag #younglatinovoices and help us build a strong network of young Latino leaders and opinion makers.  We reserve the right to delete any inappropriate tweets.


NLCI Friends and Supporters,

El Día de Los Niños is celebrated every April in the United States.  The U.S. Senate and U.S. House has recognized this day as April 30.  Thousands of children will celebrate this day throughout the nation recognizing the value of all children and raising awareness about the need to protect children and promote education, health and child safety.

Observed by states, cities and towns, the month celebration kicks off the National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) campaign to end violence against children and promote their well-being.  NLCI is the national steward organization for El Día de Los Niños in the United States.

NLCI mission is to serve as a voice for young Latino children and their well-being throughout the United States by advocating on their behalf at all levels of government, in communities and educational institutions.

Support our mission to continue our work by making a donation.  You are able to make a donation in the name of your family and your children at the nlci.org website.  Give Young Latinos a Voice schedule your donation today it is tax deductible.

Olga Aros
Board Chair
National Latino Children's Institute

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