JUNTA for Progressive Action

New Haven, CT   |  www.juntainc.org

Mission

The mission of Junta for Progressive Action is to collaborate with Latinx communities in the Greater New Haven area to advance the social, economic and civic environment for all, while embracing Latinx cultural traditions.

Ruling year info

1971

Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel Reyes

Main address

169 Grand Avenue

New Haven, CT 06513 USA

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EIN

23-7066862

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Family Services (P40)

Economic Development (S30)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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JUNTA Youth

JUNTA Youth promotes community-wide regeneration, laying the foundations necessary for youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders. The Neighborhood Place (TNP) helps working families and benefits at-risk children. It gives them the opportunity to share positive experiences with others and offers creative outlets to improve their social, personal and academic growth. In addition, the program provides a safe place for children in the crucial hours when they leave school but their parents are still at work and cannot return home to take care of them.Youth in Action (YIA) is a program designed to develop the leadership potential in every young adult. Young adults between the ages of 13-18 participate in different cohorts of Youth in Action to acquire the leadership skills to advocate for themselves and to find their voice around issues facing youth in the urban setting. Cohorts are designed to designed to develop youth leaders of color, Latinx youth leaders, immigrant youth leaders and LGBTQ youth leaders. While developing their leadership skills, youth leaders work on finding ways to positively impact their environment. As they engage in the leadership curriculum, youth cohorts determine the ways to generate that impact. Teen leaders also engage in activities that promote college access, entrepreneurship and tech. Big Turtle Village is a five-day free camping trip for children, ages 8-12 who do not have the economic means to attend summer camp. The program is run completely by volunteers and located at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. The camp introduces children to the natural environment through workshops that encourage children to advocate for their health, the environment and its preservation.

Population(s) Served

JUNTA 360 works with participants to acquire multiple governmental benefits, including Social Security Disability (SSD), Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI), Public Assistance (TANF/SAGA), SNAP, HUSKY, Energy Assistance, Housing, and Childcare Assistance. Non-governmental services include access to the Junta sponsored monthly mobile food pantry in collaboration with CT Food Bank and referrals to other area food pantries; referrals for clothing; assistance with acquiring a free cell phone; participation in our monthly diaper bank; referrals for free or reduced furniture; and 211 registration. JUNTA 360 partners with legal services providers to connect participants to free legal advice on civil matters through the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). Participants are advised on child support, child custody, divorce, eviction proceedings, orders of protections (DV), and appeals for SSD/SSI. Cases that require representation are referred to pro-bono or low-cost attorneys. JUNTA 360 also partners with immigration legal providers, CT Shoreline Indivisible and New Haven Legal Assistance to provide immigrant participants with assistance on immigration matters. A dedicated Immigration Associate consults with participants on their cases to determine if legal representation is required. The Associate assists participants with document coordination for meetings with attorneys, interprets and laisses between participants and attorneys. Workshop on Know-Your-Rights and Family Preparedness are offered to address concerns immigrant participants may have as they acclimate.

Population(s) Served

JUNTA Rises collaborates with participants to engage in acquiring the skill sets necessary for economic and social advancement. Computer proficiency, financial literacy, language and educational acquisition are economic motivators that can propel the economic advancement of Latinx, immigrant, and low-income individuals.ESL classes are offered to non-English speaking participants through Junta’s relationships with Literacy Volunteers and New Haven Adult Education. Classes are held onsite at Junta during the day and in the evening at Fair Haven School. Bilingual GED is offered in the evening at Junta to target working participants seeking job advancement. Two classes are offered to ensure there is an appropriate teacher to student ratio. Junta also registers participants for GED and Bilingual GED at New Haven Adult Education. The Adult Education Associate coordinates scheduling of classes, registering participants and facilitating the assessments for placement in classes. The Associate also tracks and records student performance.Computer Literacy classes for adults are held in English and in Spanish. Participants learn the basic computer skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. All students receive a certificate of completion at each level.Bilingual Job Readiness Workshops, such as conducting an online job search, completing an employment application, presentation for interviews and mock interviews are scheduled throughout the year. Junta also partners with the American Job Center at Workforce Alliance and local employers to connect participants to job leads.Financial literacy actively engages participants in household budgeting; managing credit; the benefits of banking over check cashing; and the consideration of savings through a bank. Junta offers three cohorts of the FDIC Smart Money Curriculum in Spanish to provide participants with practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources they can use to manage their finances with confidence.During Tax season, Junta serves as a VITA site. The program prepares tax returns for low-income clients at no cost. We also assist clients who don’t have social security numbers in obtaining ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Numbers) so they can file their taxes.

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JUNTA for Progressive Action

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dominic Woolfrey

Bankwell

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr. Rafael Ramos

City of New Haven

Term: 2014 - 2016

Adriana Joseph Arreola

Clifford Beers

Matthew Short

Chelsea Realty

Letamarie Highsmith

Frederick DePourcq

Yale

Liam Brennan

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

Miriam Olivares

Peggy Rivage-Seul

Oscar Willemsen

Lisa Votto