Nuevo Amanecer Latino understands that within the realm of foster care, our youth population in particular, are at risk of not going on to have successful lives after foster care or emancipation. The reasons for this are due to lack of services which can provide the life skills necessary in order for youth to learn to become self sufficient.

In 2013, Nuevo Amanecer Latino launched its Mentoring Program which is 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 Program aims at providing services to prepare and equipped our Transitional Age Youth (TAY) population to be independent and self sufficient after emancipating from the foster care system. What makes this program so unique is that it is run by four 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. Under the Mentoring Program, Independent Living Skills (ILP) trainings are provided on an annual basis to youth.

Since 2009, NALCS has been providing its youth with Independent Living Program Life Skill Trainings. NALCS ILP Trainings have covered the following Components: 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 ILP trainings:
     
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 2009, NALCS has provided and graduated 136 youth ranging from 16-19 years old. Out of those 136 youth who have attended NALCS ILP trainings, 15 (11%) have gone on to graduate from high school and pursue higher education via UC, CSU, Community College, or trade school. As a whole, considering those that have completed NALCS ILP classes and those that haven’t; since 2002 NALCS has had 28 youth graduate from high school and pursue higher education via UC, CSU, Community College, or trade school.
     

OUR MENTORS

 Enrique_Montiel


Enrique Montiel, Masters of Science, Psychology
Quality Improvement Supervisor

Mr. 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


Corina De Haro, Bachelor’s of Science Psychology
Resource Family Social Worker

Corina 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.