About Us

Olga-2015-sqNLCI represents a national voice for young Latinos throughout our nation. This is our mission and ultimately what makes this an opportunity and also our greatest challenge. Advocating on behalf of all children and making sure they are heard by elected officials is our mission.

We will celebrate 20 years in 2018 and NLCI has an incredible story and a legacy of leadership that has impacted the lives of young Latinos throughout the United States.

We serve as the national steward organization for celebrating April 30 as El Día de Los Niños – Celebrating Young Americans in the United States and will continue to work with our U.S. Congress and every state to pass an annual resolution recognizing this day. This year we celebrate 19 years since our El Día de Los Niños national campaign launched in San Antonio, Texas in 1998. Since then, states, cities and towns across our nation have joined us in making April 30 possible for all children. We are thankful to our NLCI Promesa Network who took up the challenge and brought to fruition this day in their local communities.

As we move forward and begin to make plans to celebrate 20 years, we ask that you visit our website (nlci.org) and become familiar with our organization, children’s issues and our programs. We hope you will decide to join the NLCI National Network and help us serve as a national voice for young Latinos by contributing to our work and our cause. Together, we will make a difference.

All the best,

Olga Aros
Board Chair


We have the promise of a brilliant future—and the success of young Latinos will ensure that we can fulfill that promise. But first, we must fix the systems and policies that are keeping this important population from entering the workforce educated, healthy, safe and ready to take on the challenges of the future. Our goal is to ensure that public policies and initiatives address the complex set of interconnected issues facing young Latinos; which include the impact of poverty, language barriers, education, health, safety, and immigration that affect families, children and their economic status are not jeopardized.

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.

HISTORY

NLCI was founded in 1997 in response to the forecast growth in the Latino population, coupled with the dismal status facing Hispanic children. While there were organizations that championed… (read more)

INITIATIVES

Building stronger communities so that each child has what they need to succeed requires not only an understanding of the existing conditions, but the ability to create unique programs and build alliances with… (read more)

POLICY STATEMENTS

The national latino children’s institute believes “In advocating for Latino children, we are also advocating for the dignity, respect, and fair treatment of all children. We stand united in the effort to assure the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of those we represent—the children. … (read more)

Our Leadership

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NLCI Initiatives

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