ACS Celebrates Latino Heritage Month
ACS's Latino Heritage committee has organized various activities throughout the City in celebration of this year's Latino Heritage Month with the theme “Latino Visions.” The opening ceremony kicked-off on September 18th at District Council 37's headquarters, featuring Latino motivational speakers, entertainment, and cuisine. This year's theme is “Visions of Latin Power and Wealth.”
Latino leaders like famed physicist Luis Walter Alvarez, as well as NYC's Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Dr. Guillermo Linares, and former US Surgeon General Antonia Novello have opened the doors for other Latinos to follow in their successful paths. Children Services' Latino Heritage Committee's mission is to promote cultural awareness throughout the agency. The committee aims to highlight and promote the achievements and accomplishments of Latino personnel involved in child welfare, education, art, and human services.
Children's Services has celebrated Latino Heritage Month since 1997. The Latino Heritage Committee is comprised of staff from various programs throughout ACS. Committee members plan, participate, and promote the activities that take place each year from September 15 to October 15.
The Committee offers activities that reinforce Latino culture and provide the opportunity to re-visit history and elements of Latino ancestry that define these diverse communities. The events highlight important achievements by prominent citizens and increase awareness of social, cultural, and economic issues that impact Latino communities and how they relate to ACS.