An organization that helps Latino youth achieve academic success is closing its doors after 25 years. The Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement (OCHA)’s executive director, Patricia Martinez-Orozco , says the program is still committed to its students, and will help them transition into other programs around the state. She says OCHA’s fate should be a wake-up call for the community at large.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the growth rate for Oregon’s Hispanic population is the fifth highest in the nation. Are services for this population on the rise as well? Do local and regional organizations need to re-think their funding to avoid meeting the same end as OCHA? What are the incentives for people outside the Latino community to support culturally-targeted services?
- Patricia Martinez-Orozco: Executive Director of Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement
- Ramon Ramirez: President of PCUN (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmerworkers United)
- Jim Peterson: Nursing supervisor