Nuevo Amanecer Latino understands that within the realm of foster care, our transitional age youth population in particular, are at risk of exiting foster care without acquiring the self sufficiency skills necessary live independently.
In 2013, Nuevo Amanecer Latino launched its Mentoring services which are led by former foster youth Enrique Montiel. After having spent more than eleven years in the foster care system, seven of them under the care of Nuevo Amanecer Latino, Enrique has gone on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California Polytechnic University of Pomona, in 2006. Enrique was also one of the first college students to be part of the Renaissance Scholars Program at Cal Poly Pomona which aims at empowering former foster youth through education. Additionally, Enrique also went on to receive his Masters degree of Science in Psychology in 2008.
Nuevo Amanecer Latino’s Mentoring services aims at providing services to prepare and equipped our Transitional Age Youth (TAY) population to be independent and self sufficient after exiting from the foster care system. What makes this services so unique is that it is run by former foster youth who also went on to obtain a college degree,are employed with Nuevo Amanecer Latino, and were also under the care of Nuevo Amanecer Latino. The staple of this services is “The Real World” Independent Living Skills (ILP) training that are provided on an annual basis to youth.
The Real World Training include : College, Financial Aid ,Housing, Money Management, Employment, Gang Awareness, STD’s Prevention and Safe Sex, Drug Awareness, Available Resource Available to eligible ILP youth.
NALCS has made collaborations, partnerships, and connections with the following organizations/programs which have reached out to our youth at our Real World ILP training:
Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Inc. 526 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104 Christina Boothman Community Education Manager
Homeboy Industries 130 W. Bruno St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles Job Corps 217 W. 11th St. LA., CA 90015 Blanquita Siongco Admissions Counselor
Cal Poly Pomona Renaissance Scholars Program 3801 West Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768 Sara Gamez Coordinator
Cal State Fullerton Guardian Scholars Program 6828 P.O Box C-120 Fullerton, CA 92834 Grace Johnson, Director
Mt. San Antonio College Extended Opportunity Program & Services Concepcion Toledo EOPS Outreach Specialist
Since 2013, NALCS has provided ILP training and have graduated 300 youth ranging from 16-21 years old. 17% of the youth that participated in our ILP training have gone on to graduate from high school and pursue higher education via UC, CSU, Community College, or trade school.
Enrique Montiel, Masters of Science, Psychology Quality Improvement SupervisorMr. Montiel has been working for Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services for seven years and has gained extensive knowledge of the foster care system. A former graduate from California Polytechnic University of Pomona, where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, Mr. Montiel has gone on to further his education and receive a Master’s of Science in Psychology. Mr. Montiel is a product of the foster care system as he went on to spend more than eleven years in foster care, six of those with Nuevo Amanecer Latino. In 2006, Mr. Montiel came back to work for Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services and since then has grown professionally. Mr. Montiel has found a passion in helping at risk foster youth reach success and overcome the obstacles of foster care. Mr. Montiel is an active alumni of the Renaissance Scholars Program, a college program at Cal Poly Pomona designed to help former foster youth succeed in college. With this experience, since 2006 Mr. Montiel has led and developed Nuevo Amanecer Latino’s Independent Living and Mentoring Program. Mr. Montiel has also made numerous collaborations with partners such as the CSUF Guardian Scholars, LA Job Cops., Homeboy Industries, Planned Parenthood, and United Friends of the Children. Mr. Montiel believes that all foster youth should be given and taught the appropriate independent skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for life after foster care. For Mr. Montiel, his goal is to teach foster youth that “your past does not have to dictate your future, that who you are and where you come from, will not determine who you will be unless you allow it.”
Corina De Haro, Bachelor’s of Science Psychology Resource Family Social WorkerCorina De Haro, a graduate from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2013 and is currently working on obtaining her Master’s of Science in Psychology. Ms. De Haro has been working for Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services since 2013 but has been part of Nuevo Amanecer’s Family since 2004. Ms. De Haro is a former foster child who went on to spend 14 years of her life in foster care, four of those with Nuevo Amanecer Latino. Mrs. De Haro brings great experience to Nuevo Amanecer Latino as she has served as a positive example of being resilient towards adversity. Mrs. De Haro has been an active motivational speaker towards foster youth for Nuevo Amanecer Latino’s Independent Living Program and was also an active Peer Mentor for Cal Poly Pomona’s Renaissance Scholars Program, a program designed to help former foster youth succeed in college. Ms.De Haro’s goal is to teach youth “that all children in foster care have the opportunity to attend college and pursue their dreams as they can break every barrier in their life.” It is why Ms. De Haro is a key component of Nuevo Amanecer Latino’s Mentoring Program and Nuevo’s Independent Living Program.