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La Oportunidad

La Oportunidad's mission is to champion the development of Latino individuals and families to create a strong, peaceful community. The organization achieves this mission by providing bilingual and culturally relevant family-centered programs for Latino children, youth, adults and families.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 1/4/2012
2700 E Lake Street, Ste 3200
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (612)872-6165
Fax: (612)872-0964
EIN 36-3537919
Principal Staff Eloisa Echavez, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 6
Number of Volunteers 53
Number of Clients Served 1,419
Affiliations Youth Intervention Programs Association, Minnesota Council on Nonprofits, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
General Information
Board Chair William Nelson
Number of Board Members 5
Board meetings with quorum 10
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 4
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
La Oportunidad exceeded program goals, maintained organizational stability, completed the goals of the 2008-2010 Strategic Plan and positively impacted Twin Cities Latinos through: • Direct Services: 1,065 Latino children, youth, parents, and adults developed practical skills, improved capacity, learned to nurture healthy relationships and connected to a stronger, more peaceful community. • Latino Youth Peace and Leadership Conference: 178 middle and high school youth and 77 adult mentors attended the 2011 conference from five Minneapolis and St. Paul city schools and seven suburban schools. A committee of 18 youth leaders and staff planned and hosted the conference. • Community Education/Outreach: 20,000 individuals were reached through La Oportunidad’s En Familia (In the Family) cable TV program, events, presentations and partnerships, including participation in the “Dakota County Response to Victims of Domestic Violence” and workshops in March and April addressing issues and services of interest to Latinos. • Introduced two new program activities: * Early Literacy Programming: La Oportunidad developed early literacy activities within Padres and El Camino programs to help improve reading skills. Programming includes introducing parents and children to the library and teaching parents the value of reading with their children and encouraging independent reading. * Financial Wellness Education: Because economic stability impacts family stability, we introduced financial education to adults in the Padres parents program, focusing on using banks, budgeting/financial management and building financial stability; and for Latino youth, focusing on budgeting, financing higher education and saving money.
Current Goals
The goal of La Oportunidad’s programs is to help low-income Latino families in the Twin Cities to succeed. Multiple program elements within La Oportunidad’s four programs address several factors to improve success: education, financial literacy, family peace and stability. Our goal for 2012 is to serve 300 Latino children in El Camino programs, 400 Latino youth in the Latino Youth Program, 250 parents in Padres and 100 adults in the Latinos Ending Abuse Program and twice the amount when considering duplicated services. The objective of La Oportunidad’s youth and family programs is to provide multiple levels of education and support, for Latinos of all ages, within a cultural context. Our prevention-based programs consider their family history, culture, language and other unique characteristics. Understanding and addressing these factors can improve success. Programs work together to achieve positive educational and social outcomes for disadvantaged Latino children, youth, parents and families. Bilingual, culturally appropriate programs targeted to different age groups improve opportunities for all family members by helping to ensure educational success for youth, allow parents to support their children in school, and foster long-term economic stability of families. Recent census figures and a report issued by the Minneapolis Foundation illustrate areas of challenge for this population: increasing numbers of Latinos in Minnesota, low rates of school readiness, large achievement gaps and low graduation rates; La Oportunidad will continue to focus on these challenges in 2012.
Community or Constituency Served
Disadvantaged Latino children, youth, parents and families
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $629,054 89.5%
Management: $30,899 4.4%
Fundraising: $43,060 6.1%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2010 2009 2008
End of Year: $312,398 $311,459 $366,549
Beginning of Year $311,459 $366,549 $0
Difference $939 ($55,090) $366,549
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $312,398
Based on information provided on 2008 to 2010
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