News Release

UnidosUS Honors Affiliates for Local Initiatives That Empower Latino Families

Para Los Niños and Sociedad Latina to receive Family Strengthening Awards

August 3, 2019

SAN DIEGO—At the National Affiliate Luncheon held today at the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) recognized two community-based organizations that belong to the UnidosUS Affiliate Network for their outstanding efforts to empower Latino families and create avenues for new opportunities. This year’s awardees are Para Los Niños from Los Angeles, California and Sociedad Latina from Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Para Los Niños (PLN), established in the Skid Row community of Los Angeles in 1980, has partnered with UnidosUS since 2011 to invest in programs that promote personal development, cultivate leadership potential and build greater opportunities for children and their families. Their six learning sites provide students with high-quality academic curriculum and social-emotional education while engaging their parents. Their interdisciplinary and project-based approach provides students with intellectually enriching curriculum and wraparound support services in primary, charter elementary and charter middle school programs.

“As we look ahead, we at UnidosUS are confident that Para Los Niños will continue to make a difference in the lives of Latino families, and particularly the children whose lives continue to be changed and improved by the quality of educational and social-emotional support they receive from this outstanding organization. We are proud of this incredible partnership and look forward to continuing our work in the Los Angeles community,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“On behalf of all of us at Para Los Niños, we are so honored to receive the UnidosUS Family Strengthening Award. Every day, we work tirelessly to ensure that today’s children have the opportunities to reach their goals, and we know this is only possible with a strong, connected family unit. We partner with over 6,000 children, youth and families each year, and we share this award with each of them and their collective efforts to make their families and communities, particularly Latinx communities, stronger. We look forward to our continued partnership and advocacy with UnidosUS. Together, we are moving the needle to give all families a chance to thrive,” said Drew Furedi, President & CEO, Para los Niños.

Celebrating 50 years in 2019, Sociedad Latino from Roxbury, Massachusetts has created a space where arts and culture is combined with education and leadership to support tomorrow’s Latino leaders. The organization works with youth and their families to promote confidence and personal development and promote cultural pride. Additionally, the organization has adapted their work to meet the needs of the families they serve which has included supporting families displaced by Hurricane Maria and creating the Mission Hills Rapid Response Network due to the increase of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids in public schools. As a result, Sociedad Latina’s work extends well beyond youth development and impacts the whole family.

“As an UnidosUS Affiliate since 2008, Sociedad Latina’s work aligns with the mission of UnidosUS in creating leaders for tomorrow, defining the narrative of Latinos in our community, and creating programs that can be scaled for broader impact. This is especially clear in Sociedad Latina’s communication work which elevate stories of triumph and success of Latinos in career fields where they are underrepresented. We look forward to continuing to work with them to improve the lives of Latino families,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“Sociedad Latina is honored to receive the 2019 UnidosUS Family Strengthening Award during this critical moment in our history. With the current political climate, Sociedad Latina remains a resource for all youth and families that walk through our doors. It also marks an important time in our organization's history as we celebrate 50 years serving Latino families in Boston. We hope that with the renovation of our building this year, we can continue to serve immigrants, English learners and Latinos in Boston for another 50 years to come,” said Alex Oliver-Dávila, Executive Director, Sociedad Latina.

Presented annually, the UnidosUS Family Strengthening Awards honor UnidosUS-Affiliated community-based organizations for their commitment to bolstering the success and strength of the Hispanic community through a combination of programs and services. Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash award to further their work in the community and their partnership with UnidosUS.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.