Leadership ◊ Service ◊ Mentoring ◊ Education ◊ Capacity Building ◊ Advocacy

Founded in 1974, MANA, A National Latina Organization® (MANA) is a national grassroots membership organization with chapters, individual members and affiliates across the country. MANA represents the interests of Latina women, youth and families on issues that impact our communities. MANA contributes the leading Latina voice on many of the major issues in the  public sphere, particularly in the areas of education, health and well-being, financial literacy, equal and civil rights, and immigration reform. Chapters and Affiliates provide programming locally to educate and empower our communities nationwide. Our values are rooted in serving the community through leadership development, educational workshops, mentoring the next generation of leaders, and building the structures to support continued Latina success.

 

Mission

To empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy

 

National Goals

  • Strengthen Latinas as Community Leaders

  • Create Vital Hispanic Communities

  • Advance Public Policy for an Equal and Just Society

  • Grow and Sustain a Healthy Organization

Commitment to Diversity

MANA is committed to elevating diverse voices within our organization, as well as to the external world. You will see usage of different terms throughout our website and external communications. We utilize terms such as "Latino," "Latina," "Hispanic," "Latinx," and others to represent people of Hispanic or Latino/a/x heritage, but understand that no one term can fully capture the diversity and beauty of our communities. You may also see "Latin@," or "Latine" used in other spaces. While our specific mission reflects our attention to women and girls, our hope is to always welcome individuals to our organization as they identify and to serve as allies to all under-recognized, and marginalized communities as we strive toward equity and inclusion for all.

Programs

MANA achieves its mission and goals through its two premiere initiatives:

 

The AvanZamos® Initiatives - adult Latina leadership training programs:

 

  • Hermana Conference

  • Latina Savings Project

  • Latinas Count - NEW Civic Engagement Initiative for 2020

  • Las Primeras® Awards

 

The HERMANITAS® Initiative - for young Latinas, ages 11-18

 

  • One-on-One and Group Mentoring

  • Hermanitas ® Leadership Institute

 

MANA Membership Profile

  • MANA members range in age from 11 to 70 plus

  • Over 80% of the members have a university degree and about 30% have an advanced degree

  • The average member provides 10-15 hours of volunteer service a month

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