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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Green circle with white text that reads: Hispanic Americans are the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority
Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage month, a time we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic Americans. There are more than 57 million Hispanics in the United States.

In this issue, we take a look at how NeighborWorks network organizations are serving and supporting Hispanic communities in Tennessee, New York and New Jersey.
The language of opportunity
A teacher feeds a mixed group of children lunch
Studies show that people who speak more than one language are smarter and have better memories and decision-making skills. A Tennessee woman is testing that theory by starting a bilingual day care center.

Thanks to support from NeighborWorks network member HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corp./Hope Credit Union, she opened a Spanish-immersion facility for young children.
Strengthening the Latino community through energy-efficiency opportunities
A woman speaks at a community meeting
Rising utility costs are beyond the control of the average homeowner and even minor increases can significantly affect those with low incomes. But figuring out how to offer energy efficiency solutions to those homeowners and get them to take action poses challenges, particularly in Latino communities.

Excerpted from NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America's Community Development Network .
My front porch: from vacant to vibrant
Two musicians play the congos in front of a brick building
A predominantly Hispanic community in New Jersey aimed to create more open space that neighbors could use for outdoor recreation and socializing.

NeighborWorks member La Casa De Don Pedro worked with residents to transform a vacant lot into a vibrant outdoor space called "My Front Porch."

Excerpted from NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America's Community Development Network .
Want to ready children for school success? Focus on parents too
A white teacher stands next to a black student who holds up a book titled "A letter to Amy"
Numerous studies have documented that early childhood education and other forms of support are critical to social development, resilience, self-esteem and ability to learn throughout the lifecycle. Experience in the field also is increasingly demonstrating that childhood education programs benefit parents too. The solution: two-generation ("two-gen") programs.
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