Purpose and Programming
In response to the increasing Hispanic/Latino population in Missouri, as understood from the 2000 Census, Alianzas was created in 2001 to enhance the ability of University of Missouri Extension and its partners to respond to the needs of Hispanic/Latino immigrants and the Missouri communities that receive them. This was to be done through the implementation of outreach programs that focus on a community-based, collaborative learning approach.
Alianzas was initially selected for implementation in three University of Missouri Extension regions - Central, Southwest, and West Central - due to the immense growth of their Hispanic/Latino populations between 1990 and 2000.
In January 2005 Alianzas expanded its programming to support all eight University of Missouri Extension regions. Each region experiences unique challenges influenced by the impact of increasing Hispanic/Latino populations. Because each region has differing needs, the development of separate strategies and educational approaches in meeting the needs of newcomers is required.
- To enhance the capacity of University of Missouri Extension staff in responding to Hispanic/Latino-related issues;
- To enhance the capacity of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in responding to Hispanic/Latino-related issues;
- To build a relationship with local governments and the Mexican Consulate;
- To problem-solve on issues related to immigration, culture, language and other related Hispanic/Latino issues;
- To introduce coalition-building as a problem-solving tool for improved community development;
- To assist with the implementation of community-based activities;
- To assist with the expansion of University of Missouri Extension's outreach programs in the State.