Our Promotoras are the heart of everything we do. They are passionate leaders and trusted messengers in our community.

The Promotora—or community outreach worker—model grew out of a movement that started in Latin America in the 1960s. When hard-to-reach communities were in dire need of critical health information, community-based organizations began training Promotoras to provide necessary health information to their neighbors and friends. At Nuestra Casa and many of our partner organizations, the model has evolved beyond health care to include a broader set of social issues and services best addressed through trained community members’ networks.

At Nuestra Casa, our unique model trains, supports, and coaches Promotoras to take ownership of their neighborhood. These passionate leaders are parents and trusted messengers in our community who care deeply about justice and equity. They organize neighbors, facilitate workshops, and guide our programmatic priorities. We host an annual Promotora training to build upon their leadership, advocacy, outreach skills, and knowledge of community resources and initiatives.

Contact Julio Garcia for more information about this program.

Program Features 


Basic Training

We offer introductory Promotora trainings once a year at our offices where food is provided. Our trainings are on hold until we can meet in person again. Check back here for updates. To learn more about the program, contact Julio Garcia.

Employment

Every year, we hire 10-15 Promotoras to work part-time (20 hours/month) at Nuestra Casa. Our promotoras are the backbone of many other programs and campaigns, including census outreach, voter engagement, Project LIBRE, Parent Academies, and Food Distribution. They also lead many of our community workshops.

Advanced Training

We offer ongoing monthly training for staff promotoras to support their development and wellbeing. These regular training opportunities build on promotoras’ skill sets including computer skills, financial literacy, and ESL.

Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs Basic Training

Anyone who is curious about the promotora model and wants to learn about what it means to be a promotora is welcome to join us for our yearly training. You must live in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven (eastern Menlo Park), or Redwood City.
Basic training usually starts in February. We are currently reviewing how to implement all of our programming during the pandemic. Please check back frequently to get updates on the schedule. You can also contact Julio Garcia (jgarcia@nuestracasa.org).
No. We provide all the training materials.
No.
Yes, please email Julio Garcia (jgarcia@nuestracasa.org) for interest in Promotora training.
Typically, we provide child care for our annual training. If training is offered virtually, however, child care will not be available. We do not provide child care at any additional promotora trainings or workshops.
English language proficiency is not required for our promotora program or trainings.
Our trainings are conducted in Spanish.
No prior experience with computers is needed. We train our promotoras on technology use and email basics.
No. But we will challenge our promotoras to develop and give presentations.
No. You just have to have love for community, advocacy, and creating positive change in our community.

FAQs Employment

No, it depends on interest and availability. It also depends on organizational needs at the time.
After graduating from the promotora training, promotoras are hired for 20 hours a month and paid by check each month.