AMISTADES INC

Tucson, AZ   |  www.amistadesinc.org

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT
Amistades is a Latino non-profit community development organization committed to providing culturally responsive services, advocacy for social justice, and community empowerment.


VISION STATEMENT
Amistades envisions empowered communities that inspire cultural preservation, social equality, and self-sufficiency.

Notes from the nonprofit

Amistades places a strong emphasis on youth and family engagement in its programming within the school districts and community at large. Racial equity principles for community engagement such as demonstrating regard for other ways of knowing, doing and being and diminishing social and cultural isolation are the foundation for Amistades' ability to make systemic, sustainable change. As a result of remarkable outcomes, Amistades was selected as a Bright Spot in Excellence for Hispanic Education by the White House.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Mr. Ricardo Jasso

Main address

5501 N. Oracle Road, Suite 125

Tucson, AZ 85704 USA

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EIN

20-5274049

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Non-profit Amistades, Inc. is meeting the identified and emerging social, education, health and economic needs of disparate, marginalized minority populations – with emphasis on Latino youth and families - in southern Arizona and its border communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STOP UNDERAGE DRINKING PROJECT

Amistades enhances the prevention efforts of its coalition through environmental prevention strategies that specifically reduce underage drinking in the Flowing Wells area.  Youth are involved in the creation of media campaigns and social host enforcement awareness campaigns.  Amistades provides multi-cultural underage drinking prevention workshops to social service agencies and multi-cultural diversion classes to students at the Pascua Yaqui High School and on the Tohono O’odham reservation as part of STOP. Additional diversion services sites include Wildcate Charter School, Ha:san Leadership & Preparatory School and Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
                                         

Population(s) Served

Amistades offers capacity building services for coalitions and organizations trying to implement drug prevention tactics. Past efforts have allowed Amistades to establish the South Park Communities Drug Free Coalition, which has provided prevention services in area codes such as, 85713 and other parts of Pima County.

Population(s) Served

Familia Adelante is a program that facilitates improved communication, stress management, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, suicide and bully education, and improved study skills for youth and their parents. Catering to youth between the ages of 10-14, the classes are hosted once a week for 2 hours for twelve weeks, at Apollo Middle School in the Sunnyside Unified School District. Each session consists of a different topic and focuses on independent learning for both the parents and youths partaking in the program.

Population(s) Served

The Healthy Caballeros program focuses on helping youth by using prevention tactics in the Flowing Wells School District. By giving students access to a full-time Wellness Coach they will have access to prevention resources and treatment. Creating less discipline infractions within the Flowing Wells District.

Population(s) Served

The Mayahuel project is to prevent underage alcohol consumption between the ages of 12-20, among Latino and multicultural groups. Youth-driven activities include focus groups, town halls, and community forums. The information derived from these activities will then be recorded and used to create a three-year underage drinking prevention plan. Allowing the project to monitor local underage drinking ordinances and recommend policy changes to the City and/or County.

Population(s) Served

Niños Sanos, Hombres Fuertes Workshop Series is a workshop-based program focusing on Latino men, boys, and their families. Amistades understands that a different approach must be taken in order to bolster the transformation of Latino men, boys, and families into communities. Making the program focus on Latino integration into society by using cultural knowledge.

Population(s) Served

Amistades helps young Latinos explore their Mexican heritage and create a positive cultural identity to thrive in Southern Arizona. This is done by providing culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) in schools and community-based settings. El Renacimiento will help BYMOC overcome the effects of systemic and historical trauma linked to discrimination, oppression, dehumanization and prolonged exposure to violence, poverty and other forms of toxic stress.

Population(s) Served

Razalogia defines success based on the families’ knowledge of raising children to be healthy, school ready & knowledgeable of the importance of actively improving their community. By using a framework that works as a multi-lingual, multi-cultural model. Razalogia can be replicated in the family engagement field by other organizations serving marginalized families of color. The Razalogia approach draws from the strengths of the family to empower them and create lasting community change.

Population(s) Served

The Tobacco Youth Coalition Development has provided training and technical assistance services in the area of tobacco youth coalition development. Amistades has helped as a member of a technical assistance team spanning over six counties. These services bolster existing coalitions helping formulate tobacco policy changes within youth based leadership programs.

Population(s) Served

The Your Story Project is partnered with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. The program targets at-risk racial/ethnic minority youth and youth adults ages 12-24. The Your Story Project uses evidence-based prevention interventions and environmental strategies to reduce use of substances and high-risk sexual behaviors. Allowing for Amistades to provide the Latino expertise necessary to better serve the project’s target population.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Bright Spots in Hispanic Education 2015

Latino Leadership

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Familia Adelante

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GOAL 1: IMPLEMENT HIGH-QUALITY, DATA-DRIVEN SERVICES AND PROGRAMS THAT ACHIEVE AGENCY MISSION AND VISION AND CAN ADAPT TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE MARKETPLACE.

GOAL 2: MAIINTAIN A ROBUST AND DIVERSE FUNDING BASE THAT FULLY SUPPORTS THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT OPERATIONS OF THE AGENCY.

GOAL 3: INSTITUTE OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURES THAT MAXIMIZE THE AGENCY'S HUMAN AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND KEEP THE AGENCY CONTINUALLY PREPARED FOR GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY.

GOAL 4: MAINTAIN A FULL AND ACTIVE BOARD THAT UNDERSTANDS ITS ROLE; DEMONSTRATES SUPPORT FOR THE AGENCY'S WORK, AND ENSURES STABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY.

GOAL 5: EMERGE AS A REGIONAL CHAMPION CONVENER AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZER FOR ISSUES AFFECTING LATINO YOUTH AND FAMILIES.

GOAL 1:
1. Increase the focus of service delivery and programs on cultural responsiveness to Latino issues.
2. Move the agency more into systems-level and policy work around Latino youth and family development, education and cultural responsiveness.
3. Utilize Latino best practices, as available and appropriate, in all program and service delivery.
4. Ensure Razalogia approach is utilized across all program and service delivery.
5. Leverage Razalogia project data to create at least 2 new early childhood project(s).
6. Lead a racial and ethnic community task force on underage drinking prevention with the goal of reducing underage drinking among minority youth in Pima County.
7. Participate in public policy development around youth substance use.
8. Pursue public policy to increase Latino family engagement in early childhood education through systems change.
9. Provide technical assistance and training to community partners in issues pertinent to Latino youth and family development.

GOAL 2:
1. Reduce dependence on cost reimbursement-driven funding.
2. Achieve at least 50% of annual funding base through corporate and private foundation support.
3. Strategically pursue funding from federal sources.
4. Increase fee for service revenue.
5. Identify and develop unrestricted revenue streams.
6. Maintain rainy day fund of at least $30,000 (= 1 month of payroll).

GOAL 3:
1. Standardize record-keeping systems for grant management to increase staff efficiency, increase accuracy and reduce length of account receivable balances.
2. Coordinate reporting requirements across grants, contracts and cost centers.
3. Add management-level staff to reduce burden on leadership currently conducting management functions.
4. Foster internships for the agency to provide labor for program and service delivery
5. Develop and implement a succession plan.

GOAL 4:
1. Engage board in active strategic planning.
2. Continually assess strength and capacity of board to fulfill role.
3. Ensure board routinely reviews and updates its role and procedures
4. Expand role of board to include active fundraising.
5. Train and support board members to be ambassadors and spokespersons for the agency and its programs.

GOAL 5:
1. Increase role in community mobilization.
2. Position agency as a change agent.

Amistades develops standard process and trains all staff in grant reporting – financial and program – to ensure all deadlines are met. Amistades institutes an annual training date for staff to review and learn all existing policies and procedures. Amistades engages emerging “like-minded" CEOs and leaders in ongoing dialogue and focus on coordinated mobilization activities that cultivate Latino leadership, representation and advocacy.

GOAL 1:
Design and secure funding for at least 1 new project in this area.
Secure funding to implement a systems-level project.
All current programs and services utilize EBP.
Re-structure organizational documents to reflect commitment to Razalogia Framework.
Secure funding for 1 new project.
Create task force with multi-cultural representation.
Transition existing DFC coalition functions to new Task Force.
Institute Task Force monthly meetings.
Conduct needs assessment to determine focus for Task Force.
Write a Community Prevention Plan for minority underage drinking prevention.
Monitor social host ordinance enforcement.
Monitor the signage ordinances in both the city and county.
Engage youth, community members in monitoring liquor licensing.
Test the efficacy and impact of language immersion instruction in preschool settings.
GOAL 2:
Phase out all current contracts and grants that are cost-reimbursement as they are ending.
Analyze all potential funding to carefully review cash flow impact on the agency of those that are cost reimbursement prior to application.
Secure funding totaling 20% of the annual budget.
Focus on program design that allows cross-cutting culturally responsive infusion.
Pursue vendor status for delivery of DUI education classes (City of South Tucson, Pima County)
Pursue training and TA service delivery to other agencies.
Create and sell/distribute toolkit from the Ninos Santos curricula.
Move agency toward direct donation instead of event-driven fundraising.
Raise $30,000 in direct donation using developed “ask" materials.
Update all marketing, social media and collateral materials.
Set aside dollars raised by board to over one payroll ($15,000).
GOAL 3:
Develop and train in a process for program and financial record keeping with 100% of staff.
Implement training of all staff in using the network to access and share files.
Tighten up current program and finance file audit procedures specific to follow up on improvement plans.
Coordinate up to 8 interns through the year.
Identify and draft the key elements of succession and share with Board so that everyone is on the same page.
GOAL 4:
Conduct an annual board retreat to review and update strategic plan.
Create and implement a board self-assessment tool to enhance board strength.
Create ad-hoc fundraising sub-committee of the board.
Set goal of board raising $15,000.
Make annual staff presentation to board to update on programs and services.
Identify board members who can set up “key stakeholder" meetings with agency partners for networking and possible partnership.
Distribute a mid-year communication (news bulletin) to board members promoting progress, etc.
GOAL 5:
Solidify agency's current messages and community readiness for change and determine plan for message dissemination.
Educate and lead board in role of organization and their role as board members as a change agent.

Financials

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AMISTADES INC

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carlos Gonzalez

Aztlan Associates

Carlos Gonzalez

Aztlan Associates

Ricardo Jasso

Amistades, Inc.

Steve Torres

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Juan Ibarra

San Miguel High School

Manuel Medina

Multicultural Associates

Clara Ortiz

Community Advocate

Magdalena Santos

Becton Dickinson

Francisco Moreno

Business Owner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes