Chicago Supports Mujeres Latinas en Acción

by Tracey on April 25, 2016

The mission of Listen To Your Mother, giving motherhood a microphone, extends beyond the stage performance and YouTube channel. Listen To Your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression as well as financially — through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. To date, LTYM has raised over $80,000 for local causes!

In 2016, across North America, we expect to raise over $25,000 for local non-profits as each city is thrilled to donate a portion (10% minimum) of our ticket proceeds.PS1

For Chicago’s 5th year, we have chosen to donate to a local organization that has been a cornerstone in the local Latina community since 1973.  Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) focuses on gender violence prevention and community engagement with programs addressing domestic violence and sexual assault education/intervention, positive parent support, leadership development, economic self-sufficiency and academic success.

With offices in Pilsen and North Riverside, Mujeres served over 6,000 individuals through direct services last year and over 15,000 through community education.

The program that LTYM proceeds are supporting is the Parent Support Program. Founded in the mid-1980s, Parent Support offers a 15-week curriculum for parents based on a psychoeducational model. All classes take place in a group setting and in Spanish with individual or family counseling available upon request or suggestion of the staff. Parents receive ongoing support in groups or PS2counseling sessions and they and their children may receive short-term family therapy and participate in agency-sponsored family recreational trips.

Last year, the program served 319 parents, a 27% increase from the year before. Fourteen groups were held throughout the year with a graduation rate of 80%. Parent Support also provided 261 hours of individual counseling, a 23% increase from the previous year.

The Parent Support Program also offers Project Sanctuary and Safe Exchange. Project Sanctuary offers children the opportunity to have a relationship with their non-custodial parent by providing supervised visitation in a safe, bilingual/bicultural setting.  These visits areparentsupport frequently court-mandated and Mujeres staff documents observations made during the visits and makes court appearances as needed. Most of these children have been witness to abuse in the home. Safe Exchange offers a safe, neutral place for parents to drop off and pick up children when safety may be a concern for one of the parents. Last year, 80 families received services through supervised visitation through 1,374 visits. There were 178 safe exchanges, a 37% increase from the year before.

We hope you will help us support this vital cause! Grab a ticket today and fill the auditorium with applause and validation for every speaker on stage!

Tickets on sale online or via box office HERE.

 

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