Recognizing Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month
Each year, Visions In Education takes part in commemorating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month!
Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.
Why Sept. 15?
The day of September 15 is notable, as it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate independence days on September 16 and September 18. Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Join us in celebrating by visiting some of the resources below.
Resources and Learning Activities
- National Hispanic Heritage Month Official website from the Library of Congress with resources on history, art, exhibits and more.
- Nuestra America on Smithsonian Learning Lab A fully-illustrated anthology from the Smithsonian Latino Center that highlights the stories of 30 Hispanic/Latino icons throughout history and their contributions to United States culture.
- National Education Association Learning Guide A list of lesson guides and resources for parents and educators teaching children about other cultures.
- Virtual Field Trip, Los Veteranos: Latinos in WWII An interactive, LIVE video conference lessons for students on the history of Latino soldiers, guided by an educator for the National WWII Museum.
These local organizations not only support the Latino community, but also serve as leaders in educating others.
- La Familia Counseling Center – Sacramento: Youth programs, counseling and more.
- El Concilio – Stockton: Family wellness, childcare, counseling and job readiness.
- RYSE Center – Richmond: Youth programs and support services.
- Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project – Sacramento & Beyond: Community resources and leadership training.
- Diaz & Loera Centro Latino – Vallejo: Family resource center.
- RISE Inc. – Yolo County: Social services and youth programs.
- Latino Community Foundation Power Map: Find resources in your area using this interactive map.
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