Latino Outreach Program

The Latino Outreach Program helps strengthen the Latino community to live independently and self-sufficiently by increasing awareness of available resources and reducing the social isolation of new immigrants to the community. Through effective partnerships with organizations engaged with the Latino community, this program helps strengthen the community, as well as raises awareness of issues particular to Latino residents.

Flore_NormaFlora had been a participant in the Motheread Program for over a year. Here, she learned the value of reading to her children as well as helping build a community of women that share their hopes, struggles and successes. The classes also strengthen her ability to write, speak and understand English. Recently, she went to her son’s school and for the first time was able to communicate with his teachers and administrators in order to arrange for a parent-teacher conference. It made her feel proud and confident as a parent.

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MANOS, which stands for Mentoring and Nurturing Our Students, as well as the Spanish word for “hands”, is a  safe-haven program created through a collaboration between Children First/Communities In Schools Latino Outreach Coordinator, Norma Brown, and Bonner Leader students from Warren Wilson College.

The program serves Latino 8th grade & high-school students every Monday from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. During this time, the Warren Wilson students lead the Latino youth in leadership building activities, assist with homework, and help the students prepare for college.

Along with the academic strengthening component, this program offers something much more subtle, and in some ways, more valuable. These youth have a place to be where they can relax from the pressures and expectations common to students their age, along with the added pressures of being a conduit for their families to assist in assimilating to cultural differences.

Do you know an Latino 8th grader or high-school student that would be interested in attending MANOS on Mondays from 6:00-8:00? Contact Children First/CIS Latino Outreach Coordinator, Norma Brown at or call 828-252-4810 for more information.

Services Include:

All services available at the Family Resource Center at Emma
Parent/child literacy classes  (Motheread Program)
Love and Logic Parenting Classes
Resource and  referral programs
Triple P Parenting Classes (Positive Parenting Program)
MANOS: Mentoring partnership with students from Warren Wilson College serving Latino middle school and high school students


Children First/Communities In Schools Buncombe County Latino Outreach
Mailing Address:
50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #246
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 259-9717
fax: (828) 281-3308


Latino Outreach Physical Address:
37 Brickyard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Housed at the Family Resource Center at Emma. Click here for directions

Norma Brown–Latino Outreach Coordinator

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