Polly Arango Mentoring Initiative
The Polly Arango Mentoring Fund seeks to support Family Voices State Affiliates in preparing families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to join a new generation of family leaders that reflects the growing diverse populations within states and our nation, while building the leadership and advocacy of Family Voices’ State Affiliate Organizations (SAOs) at the state level.
Polly Arango, beloved mother, friend and founder of Family Voices, was a passionate advocate for children with special health care needs and their families. Polly served as the first Family Voices Executive Director, which now has active state affiliates across the country.
Polly’s vision for a nationwide, empowered and vocal voice of families includes the voices of families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Polly cultivated new leaders and envisioned the leadership of Family Voices at the state and national levels to reflect the richness and diversity of our nation. Leadership development through mentoring was one of Polly’s long-standing passions. To establish a lasting memorial to Polly, Family Voices will use funds from the Polly Arango Memorial Fund to establish a mentoring program. The mentoring program will support the growth of the Family Voices organization through the development and support of emerging family leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
There are two funding opportunities for State Affiliates in Good Standing:
3-4 SAOs that wish to conduct Family Leadership & Mentoring for Families of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity will be selected based on an application process. Up to $5,000 per state.
3-4 coaches from SAOs that wish to serve as coaches/mentors for the states selected to conduct Family Leadership & Mentoring for Families of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity. $1,000 per state mentored.
Projects are one year. Applications Due: July 1, 2014. Selection by August 1, 2014. Funding Begins: September 1, 2014.