The mission of the Latino Center of the Midlands is to enhance the lives of the Heartland Latino Community by supporting the education and development of our youth and adults; promoting comprehensive engagement of our families in all facets of their lives; and by fostering leadership through a variety of services and activities.
Statement of Work
From its humble beginnings over 45 years ago to today, the Latino Center of the Midlands has become a one of the most impactful Hispanic/Latino organizations in the Omaha Metro. The LCM will continue to serve and play a key role as Hispanics become the country’s largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority.
The Latino Center of the Midlands is recognized as a 501(c)(3).
WHO WE ARE
The Latino Center of the Midlands, formerly the Chicano Awareness Center (CAC), was organized in 1971 to address concerns about the education of Chicano youth.
Members of Omaha’s Chicano community organized the CAC because Chicano students were demonstrating low levels of academic achievement, poor self-concept, and lack of awareness about their heritage.
The CAC was a small community center that offered classes for youth and adults in: Mexican Art, Mexican Music, Folkloric Dance, Spanish Language, and English Language.
As the organization grew, the mission and direction of the CAC began to adapt to the community’s needs.
The change would bring new programs, new community members, and a new name – the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM). The adoption of a new name in 2008 would aim to be more inclusive, welcome Latinos from all nations and cultural heritage, and signify the start of a new era for the organization and community.
Today, the Latino Center of the Midlands has evolved into a premier education and social service agency that provides assistance to the growing Latino population in the Omaha Metro.
WHAT WE DO
The Latino Center of the Midlands aims to enhance lives by:
Opportunities for higher education attainment
Assistance in building essential employment skills and credentials
Wrap around career services
Ensuring Student Success
Assistance in graduating from high school or obtaining a GED
Promote parental engagement with emphasis on reduced absenteeism & high school dropouts
Assisting Families with Cultural
Transitions & General Well-Being
Opportunities for civic engagement
Availability of courses aimed to teach U.S. history and culture
Legal and immigration assistance
Technical assistance and social services that place families on a path to becoming successful and achieving their American dream