Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

In 2000, the Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI), and the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) began a collaboration to address the shortage of Latinx social workers in New York City. Both organizations had become aware that more culturally and linguistically competent professionals were urgently needed to address the complex needs of New York’s diverse, largely immigrant, low-income, and rapidly-growing Latinx community.


As part of that collaboration, in 2002, the two organizations convened a well-attended public policy forum entitled “Pa’lante” (Moving Forward) which identified key issues including the service needs of Latinx community, social policy and social action issues, and the components of social work training and education.


The forum led to the formation of the Latinx Social Work Task Force (and now the Latinx Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund -LSWC). The LSWC has the key goal of heightening awareness of the shortage of Latinx social workers needed to serve the Latinx community.


Your donation supports our mission to increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent Latinx social workers serving low income and underserved Latinx community in New York City.

These goals are accomplished by providing outreach, mentoring, education, training and financial support through collaboration with non-profit agencies and graduate schools of social work in pursuit of addressing the social needs of Latinx communities. Thank you for your support.

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