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Assemblyman To Honor Avanzando-Newark

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski to recognize a local non-profit organization dedicated to Latino advancement.

In Spanish, Avanzando means to progress, move forward or simply, advance. 

In Newark, it means support.

Avanzando-Newark is a non-profit organization that strives to support Latino youth, their families and the community.

And on Dec. 15, Avanzando will be honored as the Outstanding Organization of the Year by Assemblyman Bob Wiecowski in his State of the Assembly Address.

Established in 2009, the non-profit was created by a group of friends who felt that the Latino community needed assistance when it came to supporting students to succeed, said Vivien Larsen, president of Avanzando-Newark.

“[We] started to think about what can we do that will impact the Latino community here in Newark,” Larsen said.

The name Avanzando, she said, “really captured the mission to advance Latino students.”

The organization’s exective board and committee members – which total around 13 – focus on three aspects in order to work toward the goal of advancing Latinos: students, parents and networking with other organizations and businesses.

Avanzando’s largest effort at this time is focusing on the parents and students at . The school has also been .

Avanzando’s role in adopting Graham Elementary is to meet with Latino parents to promote communication between the school and the parents who speak Spanish.

The non-profit has also partnered with other businesses and organizations to help provide Latino families with the resources students need in today’s educational world.

Most recently, Avanzando has partnered with Comcast to offer Internet for about $10 per month. See the attached flier for more details on the Comcast promotion.

Larsen said the reason for the focus on Graham Elementary is so that Avanzando can ensure its efforts are successful.

“We wish we could cover all of the schools and be effective, but we have to be realistic about our goals and be effective first. If it works out, we will work with other schools,” Larsen said.

While Graham Elementary is the only school that is adopted by Avanzando, Larsen said the organization also partners with and .

Each year, Avanzando brings dozens of students from the high schools to to introduce them to the opportunities presented through college.

Avanzando also holds to recognize students and educators from , Ohlone Community College and Mission Valley ROP.

Wiecowski’s State of Assembly Address will be held at 5:30 p.m. at James Logan High School. Tickets are free, but to RSVP call 510-440-9030.  

Nadja Adolf December 01, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I'm sorry; but this smacks of racism, given how rotten scores are at Graham. Does this group benefit all the students at Graham, or just those of one ethnicity? Unless the services are available to all Graham students, I'm very uncomfortable with the idea. I'm mixed race and I grew up dealing with racism from both sides - on the one side, less because of my white father and more because my mother came from a different tribe than the local one. No more, please. We have to get past that and work together because everyone is in that school together.
jerry December 02, 2011 at 07:28 PM
It is racism, pure and simple and the assemblyman is a typical liberal pol pandering for votes.
Bud Daily December 02, 2011 at 08:15 PM
I don't see the problem with members of an ethnic group or nationality coming together to help the children in their community. Any group that helps children with their educational endeavors no matter what form they take should be applauded. Enhancing the public school education of Latino students in no way detracts from the education of other students. This is a free country,there are groups representing Latinos,Blacks,Christians,Muslims,Jews,Irish & Italians to name a few. Everyone but white folks who lost their right to join together because of that cross-burning thing some of them are so nostalgic for these days. Once again we hear the conservative voices who make no attempt to disguise the fact that they are the ones who are the racists. Attacking an ethnic organization being honored for their exceptional contribution chosen over many other worthy groups is just the latest glaring example of their hatred toward those they are so intolerant toward. Don't take my word for it,I could go on & on. In order to gain perspective on their remarks one only needs to read their comments on previous issues. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (a liberal Democrat) represents everything these haters despise so take that into consideration when attempting to stifle your laughter at their comments. Fortunately they only represent a miniscule minority in this bastion of liberalism. "No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child" - Abraham Lincoln (Republican/Not Racist)

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