Latino Initiative Program Kicks Off Oct. 24

CHICAGO (October 13, 2009) – Latino youth ages 12-17 and their families are invited to learn about and apply for the Latino Initiative, a youth mentoring program, at a special launch event taking place from 8:30 a.m. –
5 p.m. on October 24, 2009 at Metropolitan Family Services’ North Center, located at 3249 N. Central Ave. Registration takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Metropolitan’s North Center is one of only four organizations in Chicago selected by the United Way to provide the Latino Initiative for youth living in the northwest side communities of Belmont Cragin, Hermosa, Portage Park and Irving Park.

The Oct. 24 event will provide information about the Initiative’s “Latino Youth Success Program,” which is designed to help youth successfully transition into adulthood through mentoring, education support, leadership development, community service opportunities and more.

Honored guests speaking at the event include Illinois State Sen. William Delgado, Dr. Ana Gil Garcia, Professor at Northeastern Illinois University who is also an author and internationally acclaimed professional, and other Latino leaders who will discuss their personal achievements and the challenges they faced. Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) and College Zone also will be present to talk about preparing for college and financial aid for higher education.

Join us and learn more about the services available to you and your family. Applications will be available. Space is limited. We also are seeking mentors and volunteers who are energetic, enthusiastic and motivated in helping our Latino youth better prepare for success.

For more information about how you can help or to RSVP please contact Raquel Rodriguez McCormick at 773/371-3706.

About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) has been at the heart of Chicago’s city and suburban communities responding to the needs of families for more than 150 years. Through seven major community centers, their related locations and social policy advocacy, Metropolitan serves low-income and working-poor families facing a dynamic and ever-changing environment. As an integral part of each community we serve, we listen, actively participate and lead the way in helping families realize their amazing strength.