In the ancient Mesoamerican cultures, especially among the Maya and the Aztecs, the number 400 symbolized the innumerable, an indefinitely large number. We chose this name to represent the countless voices of low-income Hispanics that must be heard to help them find solution to their problems.
Our mission is to bring awareness of the potential that the Hispanic/Latino population has in the life of the United States, so that effective solutions may be found to mitigate the risk factors that affect it, among them: English proficiency, parental engagement, educational attainment, civic engagement, health and quality care, and economic growth.
In addition to the hardship of leaving home and culture, learning new languages and customs, and starting over economically, immigrants must often contend with suspicion, scorn and bigotry in their host country. Yet these men and women are the mighty, alas forgotten engine of the U.S. economy: they build homes and highways; care for children, the sick, and the elderly; wait tables and wash dishes, and endure backbreaking, low-paid hours under fierce sun and driving rain, sowing and picking the fruits and vegetables on display in our supermarkets. These individuals create businesses and pay taxes, and millions of them are a daily, living testament to the creativity and indomitability of the human spirit.
We offer a cognitive process where parents participate in discussion groups coordinated by moderators who may be in Mexico, Central America or the United States. Our model empowers families to advance in a society in which they live marginalized.
The method we follow is based on motivating people to learn, discover, experience and solve problems on their own in a collaborative environment. Their individual experience plays an important role in finding viable solutions to their hard-pressing problems.
Peers are encouraged to submit articles, in either English or Spanish, about any issues affecting or relating to the needs of low-income Hispanics in the United States. There are no restrictions as to the content, length or style. Copyright of these essays belongs to the authors.