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2011

IRAP=AMIGOS' IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ADVOCACY PROGRAM

JF=Juventud FACETA, AMIGOS' YOUTH PROGRAM

Members of JF contribute their leadership skills starting January 5 to implement "Entre Dos Mundos," a ten-week multifamily support group for Latino families hosted by school districts in Eugene and Springfield.

On January 8 Amigos board members, IRAP, JF, and volunteers participate in our annual work plan retreat, held this year at Trauma Healing Project in Eugene.

Members of JF attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at Eugene's Hult Center.

JF kicks off its fund raising campaign on January 22 to assist its youth members with school fees. They will have a monthly "Tamale Sale" to support their advancement in education.

IRAP is represented at Immigrant Action Day held on January 22 at Chemeteka Community College in Salem.

JF members become graduates of the Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage on January 29. This is an academic summer academy at Lane Community College that builds youth leadership skills and empowerment through imparting knowledge of cultural history, literature, folklore, and traditions.

On February 13 JF and IRAP join the 800 people who turn out for CAUSA Leader's Assembly on immigrant rights, an event co-sponsored by IRAP and held at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eugene.

Patricia Cortez, founder and coordinator of JF, receives the first-ever Ye?Ian Lima Award from Spirit Mountain Community Fund for her work with Latino immigrant youth. The award is given to someone whose "courageous, innovative, and unprecedented efforts as well as their sustained excellence of performance demand recognition." It is presented to Patricia on February 16 at Amigos' office in Eugene.

JF members assist the Asian Council with tasks for the annual Asian Celebration, February 18-20, at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene.

On February 18-20, JF participates in the MEChA Regional Conference held at Oregon State University in Corvalllis.

IRAP and JF participate in the February 23 MEChA. Raza Unida Youth Conference at the University of Oregon. JF offers a workshop for the other youth.

JF makes an invited "Know Your Rights" presentation on immigrant rights at the annual meeting of American Civil Liberties Union-Oregon, held on February 26 in Eugene, an event co-sponsored by IRAP.

JF members and their families participate in"Entre Dos Mundos," an all-day workshop held on March 5 at Amigos to facilitate intergenerational conversation addressing acculturation stress.

On March 31, JF attends the Cesar Chavez Celebration at Agnes Middle School in Springfield.

IRAP and and JF are represented on April 3 at the Cesar Chavez Celebration that took place at the Public Library in Springfield.

Members of JF go to the April 4 reading of Martin Luther King's "A Time to Break Silence" speech at the First Christian Church in Eugene.

JF participants attend the Peace Symposium held on April 15 at Eugene's Lane Community College.

On April 16, JF and IRAP co-sponsor and participate in the Salmon Run Fundraiser held for the Winnemem Tribe at Amigos's facililities.

JF members volunteer on April 25 at the Springfield Public Library's "Pinata Workshop" in preparation for the "El Dia del Nino" celebration.

IRAP tables and JF helps lead the march at "Take Back the Night," a rally in protest of sexual violence, on April 28 at the University of Oregon.

On April 29, JF volunteers at the "El Dia del Nino" celebration held at the Springfield Public Library.

JF and IRAP members participate in the presentation of CAUSA's American Dreamer Award to Patricia Cortez, founder and coordinator of JF, for her years of contributions to Latino immigrant youth and to the Latino community. The award is presented May 19 at CAUSA's Zocalo Night in Salem.

IRAP joins JF Members Ale Gomez and Maria Mendez as they receive the Young Women in Public Affairs Award from the Zonta Club of Eugene, a chapter of Zonta International, an organization that seeks to advance the status of women worldwide. The awards are presented on May 23 at the Hult Center in Eugene.

"Precious Knowledge," a film depicting political struggles in Arizona over providing Latino studies in the schools is shown on June 1 at the University of Oregon, an event co-sponsored by IRAP. JF members attend the showing.

JF leads an outreach session about their group, and IRAP tables, at Latino Family Night held June 4 at North Eugene High School.

On June 13, two members of JF are invited speakers at the graduation ceremonies for Ethnic Studies majors at the University of Oregon.

JF holds a retreat on June 25 in Eugene to begin planning for the establishment and operation of a higher education scholarship fund to help JF participants with college expenses, made possible by the generosity of two local individual donors.

Patricia Cortez, founder and coordinator of Juventud FACETA, receives the "Outstanding Alumni Award" on July 10 from the Ford Family Foundation for her many hours of contributions to the community. The award comes with a Foundation donation to Amigos.

JF members participate in "Youth Empowerment and Healing Camp" July 12-15 presented by Amigos in partnership with Trauma Healing Project.

Amigos' Patricia Cortez presents on July 18 at Puertas Abiertas Latino/a Rites of Passage Summer Academy, held at Lane Community College.

Founder and coordinator of JF, Patricia Cortez, is guest speaker on July 19 at McKenzie River Gathering Foundations's Social Hour at New Day Bakery in Eugene.

On July 22-23 IRAP and JF table at and participate in Fiesta Latina in Springfield.

Eleven JF members and IRAP attend workshops at Western State Center's Community Strategic Training Institute at Reed College in Portland from July 29-31.

Amigos' Patricia Cortez is featured in the "Happening People" section of the Eugene Weekly on August 4.

From August 6-13 JF members participate in Culture Jam, "a gathering of youth who care about the world and its future" held in Veneta.

JF tables at the Peace & Pie in the Park celebration held on August 7 by McKenzie River Gathering Foundation in Eugene's Alton Baker Park. Guadalupe Quinn of IRAP, co-chair of MRG's board, helps to organize this event.

JF members travel to Shasta, CA, August 11-14 to participate in the Coonrod Ceremony with adult and youth members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

On August 24 and 31 JF participates in Entre Dos Mundos training at Amigos. EDM provides workshops to Latino immigrant youth and their families on improving family member communication and developing bicultural skills useful to meeting daily challenges.

IRAP coordinator Guadalupe Quinn, Amigos representative to the board of directors of CAUSA, Oregon’s statewide immigrant rights coalition, participates in a CAUSA board and staff retreat on August 26 in Salem.

Nineteen JF members and former JF participants enjoy a river rafting outing on September 11, guided by City of Eugene staff.

JF members exhibit their art in the Mayor’s Teen Art Show, held at Maud Kerns Art Center September 16-October 5.

Amigos’ Guadalupe Quinn and Ken Neubeck, participants in the newly formed Lane County Network for Immigrant Immigration, present on Amigos programs at a Network meeting in Springfield on September 22.

On September 24, IRAP tables at Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect’s Human Rights Harvest Festival in Springfield. IRAP is a co-sponsor of this event.

JF members create an altar for the Day of the Dead exhibit opening at Eugene’s Maud Kerns Art Center on October 13. The JF altar is dedicated to youth who were victims of suicide and hate violence motivated by sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and HIV status.

On October 20, JF members participate in the 16th annual Peacemakers Conference, held at the University of Portland.

A graduation ceremony and celebration to honor JF members who completed their two-year program of civic engagement in the community and trainings as youth leaders and human rights advocates is held November 19 at Amigos. Mayor Kitty Piercy is the keynote speaker.

JF and IRAP table and assist with International Human Rights Day in Eugene on December 6. This event is co-presented by the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Community Coalition for Advancement of Human Rights. Amigos is a Coalition participant and the group’s fiscal sponsor.

At the invitation of the Community Coalition for Advancement of Human Rights, JF hosts a December 8 youth gathering at Amigos for Ajamu Baraka, the keynote speaker at the International Human Rights Day Celebration and an internationally-known human rights defender. Members of the ACLU youth group attend.

Amigos’ Ken Neubeck is an invited workshop co-leader at the U.S. Human Rights Network’s annual conference in Los Angeles Dec. 9-11, an event at which.hundreds of human rights advocates from across the nation come to share ideas and successes in implementing universal human rights principles and standards within the United States.

JF organizes the annual Posada celebrationh on December 17 at Amigos. The traditional event is conducted with an immigrant rights theme and is combined with celebration of United Nations International Migrants Day. Some 275 Latino community members, primarily families with children, attend.

 

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