Hispanic Heritage Month has come to an end, but many Latino leaders agree the 30 days between mid-September and mid-October were demanding, and maybe not as impactful as they’d like. Many in the community agree that year after year, the effort to take advantage of the occasion with the media and government during these 30 days is strenuous for organizations and individuals who work hard every day of the year to attract attention.
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In the early months of the pandemic, Cleveland Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, who represents a West Side ward with the densest population of Latinos in the city, said health department officials reassured her that when the city released urgent health updates, they would be translated into Spanish. It didn’t happen.
When our 11th grade son told us he was ready to quit and be a high school dropout, our hearts sank. He was done after trying two different schools, remote learning, and talking to counselors and therapists, only to see himself fail time after time. The we discovered a new school, and decided to give it a try.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, AmMore Consulting LLC launched “100+ Latinos Cleveland MUST KNOW,” a list of 102 Latinx living and working in the greater Cleveland area. The list includes the profiles of Hispanic/Latin/Latinx professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, community leaders, and others, with the intention of highlighting the incredible talent hiding in the city.