Improve the economic security of vulnerable Native American families in New Mexico by supporting and empowering Native entrepreneurs and business owners through leadership and technical skills training and developing networks to connect them with role models, resources and like-minded peers
“We’re giving individuals the tools they need to get into a career and then we’re engaging them into the mainframe of the community,” said Roberto Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Program Director Peggy Vander Meulen discusses racial equity programming with Project Coordinator Denise Evans (left) and Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (right) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (left) interacts with Keturah Bell and her son Elijah at a Strong Beginnings support group meeting for breastfeeding families in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LINC UP’s Darel Ross attends the organization’s community food truck event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monthly event provides access to fresh foods for more than 250 disadvantaged families in the city.
Myrna Austin (left), Early Childhood Connections family coach, Susan Clark (middle), Early Childhood Services director for the Calhoun Intermediate School District, and Erika Burkhardt (right), ECC assistant superintendent, look on as kids play at Mill Race Park in Battle Creek, Michigan.