About the Latin America Association
The Latin American Association's mission is to help Latino individuals and families achieve their aspirations for academic, social and economic advancement.
Established in 1972, the LAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves more than 50,000 individuals annually. Our goal is to help Latinos achieve self-sufficiency, put down roots, build a better life for themselves and their families, and contribute to strong, thriving communities.
Today, as the leading service provider for Latin Americans in metro Atlanta, the LAA offers a range of programs that guide Latinos with solutions to address their basic needs and provide them with the information and skills necessary to achieve their fullest potential. We aim to increase family stability, build skills, promote the development of Latino individuals, families and youth, and promote community involvement.
Developed and delivered in collaboration with a range of nonprofit and other community partners, the LAA offers programs and services that are focused on four main areas:
Meeting Urgent Needs:
We assist individuals and families facing urgent, crisis or emergency situations with a focus on resolving the crisis within 60 days and helping prevent the crisis from worsening. We provide individuals with basic needs such as rent, mortgage or utility assistance and assisted health, employment, mental health, housing and legal referrals.
Youth Academic Achievement:
Our ¡Inspira! youth programs are designed to strengthen the lives of young Latinos and improve their performance in school. Since evidence exists that investing in middle school performance yields benefits in the high school years, the LAA's research-based youth initiative is focused on working at the middle school, elementary and pre-school levels.
Education and Prevention Programs:
Our goal is to provide Latinos with quality programs that promote education and the development of life-skills. Programs include English as a Second Language classes, computer classes, and parenting classes, among others. We hope to strengthen skills that contribute to achievement and prevent situations that can destabilize Latino families.
Case Management in the areas of immigration, domestic violence and parenting services:
With a focus in the areas of immigration legal assistance, employment and career development, domestic violence assistance, and parenting programs, the LAA offers individualized service and case management. We work one-on-one with individuals and families on a long-term basis to help resolve specific needs.
With a strong foundation and continued support, Atlanta area Latinos can become proud, successful and productive members of society. We ask the community to partner with us to ensure that Atlanta remains strong, diverse and inclusive.
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