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LUAC SUPPORTERS

 

 

LUAC   Headquarters

3321 N.W. 17th Avenue Miami, FL 33142

Phone (305)637-1106 Fax 305-637-8863

 

Latinos United in Action Center, Inc. (LUAC) is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit  organization. Founded by Dr. Juana Amada Vargas in 2000, it serves Allapattah and nearby communities since 2000.

 

Purpose

 

To provide educational programs and community services to children and adults of diverse cultural backgrounds in Allapattah and nearby communities.

 

Impact

 

Since 2000,  more than 8,000 children and adults   have   benefited from LUAC's classes in citizenship, ESOL, FCAT preparation, computer training,; programs and services for the elderly, families in need, civic engagement, and advocacy for community issues. ln 2003,  30 of our 35 participants in the tutoring program passed FCAT. 

 

Our projects enhance the lives of our children and youth, and  keep them off the streets and risky behavior. 

 

Our professional staff members are qualified educators with doctorate and/or masters degrees, who are bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

LUAC is located in Allapattah, a community that has a high rate of poverty,   unemployment, and criminal behavior, whose  students scored below the national average in reading, science, and math proficiency  Currently, there is no formal after-school youth prevention program in the area  on aggressive or violent behavior. Except for LUAC, no other organization provides after school programs with study skills development, computer facilities and Internet access for research or homework.

 

Many residents cannot afford private tutoring or computer skills classes, do not own computers nor have Internet access at home; thus, limiting resources of children for academic performance, homework and research.

 

Allapattah is also in District 3 that has the highest juvenile arrest rate in Miami Dade County. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, a total of 2,118 juvenile arrests were recorded in 2000-2001, out of its child population of 38,196. 

 

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 36.7% of residents of Allapattah (AL), live in poverty. Unemployment rate in AL is 11.8%. Both of these figures are well above the national and state average which place AL in the top 5% of all communities experiencing a high level of economic distress in Florida. 

 

Allapattah’s residents come from different cultural backgrounds. Data from the 2000 U.S. Census also indicates that 69% of persons of the 39,200 persons living in AL are Hispanic/Latino, 22% are Black, 8% are European American and 1% is categorized under other ethnicity. 

 

LUAC believes that given the resources and opportunities, Allapattah's residents can break the cycle of poverty, improve their  economic and social status, and their community. 

 

 

one child, one program at a time!

This Website is funded in part by a grant from the

Hispanics in Philanthropy  

Funders' Collaborative For Strong Latino Communities 

 

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