Our History and Purpose
The Latino Center of the Midlands, formerly known as the Chicano Awareness Center (CAC), was organized in 1971 when several members of Omaha’s Chicano community were concerned about the education of Chicano youth. Chicano students were experiencing low levels of academic achievement, poor self-concept and little awareness about their heritage as Chicanos.
Back then, CAC began as a small community center that offered classes in Mexican art, music, folkloric dance and Spanish and English language instruction for youth and adults. Today, we proudly boast that the Latino Center of the Midlands has evolved into the premier social service agency providing cultural transition, education, and social services to the growing Latino population in Nebraska.
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
Throughout its 45-year history, Latino Center of the Midlands evolved to become one of the most respected Hispanic organizations in Metro Omaha. It will continue to play a key role as Hispanics become the country’s largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority. Initially called the Chicano Awareness Center, the organization works to change lives at the local level by:
Promoting Employability Through:
- Higher education attainment – General Educational Development (GED)
- Building essential employment skills – Computer Information Technology
- Career services – job search, resume writing, First Aid/CPR
Ensuring Student Success With A Focus On:
- Graduation from high school
- Parental engagement with emphasis on reduced absenteeism
- Youth advocacy and parental engagement for dropout prevention
Cultural Transition & Family Well-Being Assistance:
- Tax preparation assistance
- Civic engagement
- Voter registration and education
- Legal and immigration assistance
- Technical assistance and solutions to introduce families to the U.S. standards of society
The Latino Center of the Midlands is recognized as a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.