Polly Arango Mentoring Initiative Recipients
Family Voices announces recipients of a new funding and leadership opportunity for families of cultural and linguistic diversity with children and youth with special health care needs. The recipients are the first awardees through the Polly Arango Mentoring Initiative, a program that 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 at the state level.
Recipients are: Alaska Stone Soup Group (Focus: Native Alaskan families), Iowa Family Voices at ASK Resource Center (Spanish-speaking families), Family Voices of Minnesota (Focus: Somali families) and North Carolina Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (Focus: Spanish-speaking families). Mercedes Rosa of the New Jersey Family Voices’ Statewide Parents Advocacy Network PAN was selected as a mentor to Iowa and North Carolina.
“Polly’s vision for a nationwide, empowered and vocal voice of families includes the voices of families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds,’’ according to Family Voices National President Molly Cole. “To establish a lasting memorial to Polly, Family Voices will use funds from the Polly Arango Memorial Fund to establish a mentoring program to support the growth of the Family Voices organization through the development and support of emerging family leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We congratulate the selected four states and look forward to their new leaders. ”
Family Voices is a national nonprofit organization that works on behalf of families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. A family-led organization with 43 state affiliates, Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our national grassroots network, we provide families with resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.