The HERMANITAS program, begun by MANA, A National Latina Organization, is supported at the local level by MANA chapter volunteers, called Madrinas. The program is designed to encourage and support Hispanic adolescent girls, ages 11-17, to stay in school, to pursue high academic and career goals, to maintain and/or improve their health, to connect with themselves, their families and their communities, and to raise their self confidence and expectations for their future.
MANA de Albuquerque offers Hermanitas one-on-one mentoring and a personal, career, and leadership development training offered through 2 hour-sessions each month for nine months. Hermanitas are given the opportunity to attend events such as the annual MANA National HERMANITAS Conference; the NM State Legislature where they are introduced to the legislative process and are introduced on the Senate floor. A memorial is created in their recognition; the annual Tribute to Hispanic Legislators Banquet; and career day at UNM or CNM.
The HERMANITAS Program Coordinators work with MANA members to design a comprehensive personal and career development curriculum. MANA members are trained as Madrinas, volunteers to serve as teacher/trainers.
The HERMANITAS Program is based on a 3 year research study commissed by MANA National and funded by U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: Evaluation of a Longitudinal Six-site Pilot Study of a Mentoring Program for Latina Girls: Results and Recommendations
HERMANITAS Program Curriculum
- What Does It Mean To Be A Latina? - Cultural Diversity
- What Is A Leader? Can I Be One? - Leadership Development.
- How Do I Communicate? - Effective Communication Skills
- How Do I Deal with Immigration Issues? - Awareness of Community Issues
- Who Am I? What Do I Want? - Decision Making & Career Skills
- How Do I Look? - Personal Development
- Health, Women’s Body and Relationships - Health & Fitness
- Making Right Choices…Saying NO! - Alcohol, Drug and Pregnancy Prevention