Thank you for your ongoing support and love of Somos Familia. For the last 12 years, we have built leadership in our Latinx families and communities so people of all genders and sexual orientations can thrive. And like many families, we know that change is constant and we strive to be a partner on a path of growth and acceptance. As Board Chair of Somos Familia, I am writing to share that Somos Familia recently completed a nine-month strategic planning process that allowed us to clarify our mission, vision, and define new ways to leverage our strengths.
Working with community members, consultants, staff, and our board, we asked ourselves, how can Somos Familia most effectively use our strengths to respond to the needs of our community? Our process involved one-on-one conversations and focus groups with over 35 trusted community members, including colleagues, partners, and funders, who all have a strong understanding of the communities we engage with.
At the completion of our strategic plan we were delighted to affirm that our intergenerational work focusing on families is still addressing critical needs. We also identified some new directions, including broadening our focus beyond youth to include Latinx LGBTQ+ adults and expanding our impact beyond the Bay Area.
Below is a summary of our priorities and goals:
- Grow the number of supportive and celebratory spaces through family engagement and organizing.
- Expand our outreach and education around gender and sexual orientation.
- Improve and develop educational resources to ensure that parents and families have the resources they need to understand LGBTQ+ identities.
- Strengthen support and understanding of issues facing LGBTQ+ Latinxs among LGBTQ+ and Latinx peer organizations.
- Build a community of Latinx leaders across the state to strengthen and establish new partnerships beyond the Bay Area.
And through our process we were able to define a new Mission and Vision that better address the change we want to make and the vision we hope for the world.
Somos Familia builds leadership in Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse genders and sexual orientations can thrive.
We envision a just world that embraces people of all genders and sexual orientations.
We are looking forward to the next three to five years and continuing to work with you as a partner and as part of our family. If you are as excited as we are about our new strategic plan and work ahead, consider contributing to our End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign.
Somos Familia will continue to be at the forefront of advocating for the lives of LGBTQ+ Latinx people and creating leadership among our parents and family members.
Board Chair, Somos Familia