Founded in 1979, Adelante Mujer has been reaching out to Latinas across generations and helping them succeed. One of six founders, Dr. Arlene Vigil-Kramer and recent college graduate Diamond Garcia visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to celebrate the groups 35th anniversary.
"We were thinking big, that's for sure, and we weren't sure how long we would be able to continue," Dr. Vigil-Kramer told KUVO. "The mission hasn't changed - to provide educational opportunities for Latino women, to prepare them to graduate from high school, go on to college, and find good careers to make them self sufficient." Overcoming poverty takes a lot of time and a lot of love, said Dr. Vigil-Kramer.
"(The program) really helped me narrow my goals," said Diamond Garcia, recent Regis University graduate. "It's a great experience and I always learn something new," she enthused.
Adelante Mujer has produced programs and events for working women and older women as well, serving 8,000 women in its 35 year history.
Their 35th anniversary scholarship event will be held on September 13, 2014 at Regis University. Information is available at www.AdelanteMujer.org.
Music on this feature by the Pillars of West Coast Jazz, "Old Man Jazz" and Blazing Redheads, "Schmoozin'."