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Catalyzing futures for social workers and mental health professionals through education, financial support, mentorship and community.

Our organization is committed to supporting and strengthening the pipeline of culturally and linguistically competent social workers and mental health professionals in vulnerable communities by offering scholarships, targeted professional and educational development, a free one year mentorship program, continuing education, and much more. 


In 2000, the Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI), and the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) began a collaboration to address the shortage of Latino social workers in New York City. Both organizations had become aware that more culturally and linguistically competent professionals were urgently needed to address the complex needs of New York’s diverse, largely immigrant, low-income, and rapidly-growing Latino community.


As part of that collaboration, in 2002, the two organizations convened a well-attended public policy forum entitled “Pa’lante” (Moving Forward) which identified key issues including the service needs of Latino community, social policy and social action issues, and the components of social work training and education. The forum led to the formation of the Latino Social Work Task Force (and now the Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund -LSWC). 

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