Centro Tyrone Guzman, a Greater Twin Cities United Way education partner, has been a key part of our community since 1974. Centro is the oldest and largest multi-service Latino organization in Minneapolis, serving more than 7,000 individuals per year ranging from infants to elders.
As you walk down the welcoming, bright hallways painted with colorful murals, it’s clear that Centro Tyrone Guzman’s programs are positive and centered on Latino culture. Their education programs funded by Greater Twin Cities United Way include Siembra Montessori for early childhood and Raíces for career and future readiness.
Raíces, which translates to “roots” in Spanish, provides a space for Latino middle and high schoolers to grow and develop a strong sense of self-identity in a culturally supportive environment. The program takes place both in and out of school. Teens in Raíces report improved self-esteem as well as critical thinking and decision-making skills.
“United Way grants have helped make quality education programs accessible to some of the highest need youth in our community,” said Executive Director Roxana Linares. “Our ability to offer tuition assistance is an important component of our strategy to reduce the opportunity gaps that are the foundation of many barriers for the Latino community.”
Centro Tyrone Guzman was also part of United Way’s first Culturally Powered Communities program, which creates conditions for lasting change through targeted investments in culturally specific organizations. They are also a current grantee of Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Women United giving community, where funding is being used to expand the Siembra Montessori program.
“Centro Tyrone Guzman is grateful for United Way’s willingness to invest in successful community programs,” said Linares. “It’s allowed us to address organizational challenges and build on our strengths to achieve an even greater impact.”
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