HA News – Jan 2024

Let's start this year off with intention

Yesterday, our country celebrated Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, a brilliant & compassionate Civil Rights leader and great friend of equity and justice. His influence and teachings are something we hold dear at the Hispanic Alliance.

Did you know we even reference Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to ignite a deep conversation in our Student DREAMers Alliance? His words align with our mission, our principles and our hope for the future, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.”

Reflecting on the past, we’re proud of the strides we’ve taken together. We’ve certainly come a long way, yet there is still work to accomplish as a community. We’re counting on you, our Network Members, to join us in steadfast action 2024. Share resources, share experience, and share passion – let’s eliminate injustice and celebrate a South Carolina which is equitable, just, and inclusive.

Furman University Center for Innovative Leadership’s next Women’s Leadership Initiative cohort begins February 9

Designed for individuals of all experience levels, this program will cover four modules over five sessions: Self-Awareness as a Leader, Communication for Leaders, Leading Teams, and Innovative Leadership. Other benefits include a personalized CliftonStrengths® for Leaders report, a fully developed leadership story pitch, an individualized leadership action plan and three one-on-one leadership coaching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your leadership skills, broaden your awareness of emerging issues and network with other leaders in the Upstate. Space is limited. 

January Network Meeting Recap

If you weren’t able to join us last week at our Network meeting, don’t worry! You can find below the meeting minutes and in-detailed information on upcoming events and resources.


Disability Rights South Carolina is the Protection and Advocacy system (P&A) and the Client Assistance Program (CAP) for the state. They are here to help people with disabilities understand and defend their rights. They provide a variety of services to include client assistance, training, abuse & neglect investigation, legal assistance, and advocacy for change.

Upstate International’s Language School is now open for Spring registration

There’s no better time to start learning a second – third or fourth! – new language! Learn English as a second language, or try on a new language like French or Italian, to bring the world home to the Upstate. A current membership to Upstate International is required for membership, for more information or to register please visit the Upstate International website

For questions, contact Linley Crocker

TreesUpstate seeking applications for apprenticeship program!

Calling all young adult learners! Get paid to learn and grow! 

Trees Upstate’s Tree and Landscape Apprenticeship is a hands-on, 15 week career training initiative designed to equip young adults (ages 18-24) with the qualified skills to succeed in the fast growing tree care industry and green workforce. 

Their multi-career pathway program allows for individual career development and goals based on personal and professional aspirations. Apprentices earn a wage of $15 per hour (plus earn a bonus of $500 upon successful program completion), work-study 40 hours a week, and receive one-on-one mentoring. 

Go to TreesUpstate Workfoce web page to view the full position description and apply online.

Have questions, contact Evangeline Costa or call 864-399-0331.

Workshop to improve your credit

The United Way of Greenville County, in partnership with CPM Federal Credit Union, will be hosting Credit Clarity Workshop. This workshop aims to demystify the complexities of credit reports and scores, and empower folks to take control of their financial well-being. This workshop will take place at the United Way office on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm. Register for this free workshop at on the United Way CPM Workshop web page.

Mental Health Programming

Walt’s Waltz is hosting on January 18th a Virtual ACEs Lunch and Learn Professional Learning Session and on January 23rd a Virtual Interactive Mental Health First Aid Certification! For more information about these free events and registration visit the Waltz Waltz website.

Volunteer with Feed & Seed

Feed & Seed is looking for volunteers to help them pack boxes for their Food Share Program. Volunteering opportunities are available mainly on Tuesdays between 10:30am-12:30pm. To register as a volunteer visit this link.

Workshop to become a party candidate

Democratic Women, in partnership with the SC Democratic Women’s Council and the Greenville County Democratic Black Caucus, is offering a three-hour workshop to learn how to become a party candidate. The workshop will take place at Greenville Hughes Library from 10AM-1PM on Saturday, February 10th. To learn more and register visit this link.

South Carolina Legal Services launches new website for evictions

South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is excited to announce the roll-out of a user-friendly website for those facing eviction or housing challenges in South Carolina. Visit their website to learn more.

Literacy classes for adults - ¡Aprende a hablar y escribir!

Thomas E. Kerns is offering Literacy Classes in Spanish. The goal of this course is for adults to learn how to read and write. The classes are free; however, registration is required as space is limited. The classes will take place on Wednesdays at 9am-10:30am starting January 17th and will end on May 15th. For more information contact Damaris Cabanillas at 864-355-2592 or by email.

Series of trainings with Greater Good Greenville

Greater Good Greenville is organizing several trainings for nonprofits. Some of the workshops are related to succession plan, time management, advocacy, evaluation, communication and the list keeps going! Visit Greater Good Greenville’s Event page to see full schedule.

Events coming up at the Greenville County Library System

The Greenville Library System has released their winter schedule (January 16 – March 16) which includes winter reading, adult events (trivia night, computer programming, bingo), teen events, kids events (sensory time, bilingual story time, homeschool hangout) and much more. Check their events calendar for more information.

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