HA News – March 2024

One Week Until Allied4Work

Join Hispanic Alliance and Ten at the Top on March 25

Hear from a stellar panel and dive deep into a report from Clemson University researchers on the economic impact of allowing lawfully present workers to receive occupational and professional licenses. The event includes an overview of S.C. House Bill 3288 and a panel discussion on opportunities for the lawfully present workforce.

📅 Event Details

• Monday, March 25, 2024, 8:00 a.m. Doors open, 8:30 a.m. Event Starts

• Clemson ONE Center, 1 North Main Street, Greenville, S.C. 29601 

• All are welcome. Free registration online at: HispanicAllianceSC.com/allied-register

🎤 Speakers  

• State Representative Neal Collins (R – Pickens)  

• Brandy Amidon, Mayor of Travelers Rest  

• Nina Cano Richards, Attorney and Co-founder, Spanglish Consulting  

• Scott Cochran, President, Spartanburg Methodist College  

• Jason Zacher (Panel Moderator), President and Founder, Bridge Public Strategy Group  

Let’s build bridges towards equitable policies and a thriving future for all South Carolinians!

Introducing our new advocacy campaign - #H3288

Join our #H3288 campaign on social media

If you support an inclusive and equitable workforce, please share our post on social media and tag it with #H3288. As we strive for a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, House Bill 3288 is a crucial step forward and every voice counts.

Together, we can build a stronger, more diverse workforce for our state

March 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.

El Dia Del Niño | April 27

Get ready to celebrate the vibrant spirit of children at “El Día Del Niño Spring Hispanic Festival” sponsored by Casa Cultura and Neighborhood Focus!  Join the fun on April 27th from 11 AM to 3 PM on the Neighborhood Focus (6914 White Horse Road) for an unforgettable day filled with joy, laughter, and cultural festivities! 

From thrilling games to exciting prize giveaways, from good music to mouthwatering food trucks, there’s something for everyone! Plus, don’t miss the beautiful cultural dances and the adrenaline-pumping mini-soccer tournament! Bring the whole family for a day of fun and exploration! Entry is FREE, so mark your calendars and spread the word! 

Community partners will also be on-site, offering valuable information on education, healthcare, finance, and legal services. It’s more than just a festival – it’s an opportunity to connect and empower our community! 

Clemson Career Workshop applications now open

Conestee Nature Preserve has internships available for high schoolers. They also have ongoing research opportunities for any adults or students from ages 16+ to participate in all over the preserve (bird monitoring, native plant restoration, invasive removal, deer population monitoring, etc). Email Klyn Carr for any questions.

AHAM - Scholarship alerts for seniors in high school

AHAM has opened their scholarship process for Hispanic descent high school seniors in the Upstate. Scholarship applications are due March 31st!

VITA is now taking appointments to file your taxes!

VITA is now taking appointments to file your taxes! This United Way program provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 a year or less.

To schedule an appointment visit the VITA website.

VITA is also supporting individuals with obtaining their ITIN in order to file their taxes at no cost, including undocumented community members. You must be able to answer a few questions to check if you are eligible. To do so please contact Debbra Alvarado at or 864-256-0760.  Limited spots available and appointments are required

Cultivating Lifelong Well-Being

Molina Healthcare and Foothills Community Health Care are hosting a Community Easter Ham Drive-Thru Giveaway on Saturday, March 30th from 9 AM – 11 AM at the West Side Community Center in Anderson, SC. This is a first come, first serve event and will be providing 1 frozen ham per car (limit of 2 frozen hams per car with proof of separate home addresses). SC THRIVE will also be on-site providing Medicaid Renewal Assistance.

Registration required, click here to register.

USCIS fees to change on April 1st 2024

Effective April 1st of this year, several applications from USCIS will see a change including increased fees, expanded fee exemptions, and changes to fee waiver policy. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has created a comprehensive guide with new rules and filing fees.

Certificates with Center for Innovative Leadership

On March 21, the Center for Innovative Leadership is hosting an informational webinar about UX (user experience) and UI certificates. Learn more about the curriculum and discover why it’s a great time to get into UX design and how it can shape user experiences, click here to register.

They will also start their three-month focus on AI with a short course on generative AI and prompt engineering on April 10th. Sign up here to learn more about one of the most transformative and dynamic fields of our time.

Communication Training

Greater Good Greenville will be hosting “Intergenerational Communication: Bridging the Generational Gap” on March 27th at 9am. This program is for those in all fields and leadership positions that involves best communication practices for the five working generations in the workforce.

Register for this free workshop by clicking here.

Apply to Leadership Greenville Today!

Leadership Greenville is the Chamber’s flagship leadership program, a ten-month intensive experience where participants work in teams on a volunteer project designed to make them more informed, committed and equipped to be a leader for Greenville County. By taking an intensive look into the issues affecting Greenville County, Leadership Greenville chooses projects that prepare and motivate participants to provide quality, dynamic leadership within the area. Applications are now open until April 1st. Click here to learn more.

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