Empowering the Hispanic faith community around the country.
Over the past 15 years, Esperanza National Programs has served the “least of these” by strengthening local churches, organizations, and individuals that are engaged in serving the Hispanic community. We come alongside church leadership and laity, contributing our skills and resources to help equip and strengthen them, posturing the Hispanic faith community for even greater success. We also serve as a national intermediary providing sub-grant funds to help Hispanic nonprofits grow.
We do this through a diverse national network of Hispanic clergy, congregations, lay leaders, and nonprofits. Together we strengthen the Hispanic community throughout the United States with a particular focus on youth leadership development. We provide capacity building, mentoring, grassroots and degree level education, faith engagement, housing counseling, we develop relevant resources, and provide other opportunities as they arise. Our current programs include the following:
Esperanza Youth Leadership Initiative (formerly the Barrio Youth Initiative of Esperanza)
EYLI is a collaborative leadership development organization that inspires vision, provides educational opportunities at the grassroots and degree level, and develops resources for those that work with Latino youth and beyond. The initiative is a subsidiary of Esperanza and a partner of Esperanza College of Eastern University. We strengthen the missional capacity of the body of Christ to reach, disciple, and give voice to young people to become agents of transformation in urban communities. Specifically, we provide the following:
- An accredited Associates Degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Youth Ministry. These classes can be conveniently taken during the evening and completed in 2 years. The course neatly feeds into almost all Bachelor’s degree programs at Eastern University.
- The Initiative for Leadership is a year-long training for local church youth ministry teams on leadership development. They are provided a mentor will participate in group dialogues as well as out-of-city vision trips.
For more information visit BarrioYouthInitiative.org
For the latest Youth Ministry resources created by the Esperanza Youth Leadership Institute: