JUNTA Rises collaborates with participants to engage in acquiring the skill sets necessary for economic and social advancement. Computer proficiency, financial literacy, language and educational acquisition are economic motivators that can propel the economic advancement of Latinx, immigrant, and low-income individuals.

ESL classes are offered to non-English speaking participants through Junta’s relationships with Literacy Volunteers and New Haven Adult Education. Classes are held onsite at Junta during the day and in the evening at Fair Haven School. Bilingual GED is offered in the evening at Junta to target working participants seeking job advancement. Two classes are offered to ensure there is an appropriate teacher to student ratio. Junta also registers participants for GED and Bilingual GED at New Haven Adult Education. The Adult Education Associate coordinates scheduling of classes, registering participants and facilitating the assessments for placement in classes. The Associate also tracks and records student performance.

Computer Literacy classes for adults are held in English and in Spanish. Participants learn the basic computer skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. All students receive a certificate of completion at each level.

Bilingual Job Readiness Workshops, such as conducting an online job search, completing an employment application, presentation for interviews and mock interviews are scheduled throughout the year. Junta also partners with the American Job Center at Workforce Alliance and local employers to connect participants to job leads.

Financial literacy actively engages participants in household budgeting; managing credit; the benefits of banking over check cashing; and the consideration of savings through a bank. Junta offers three cohorts of the FDIC Smart Money Curriculum in Spanish to provide participants with practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources they can use to manage their finances with confidence.

During Tax season, Junta serves as a VITA site. The program prepares tax returns for low-income clients at no cost. We also assist clients who don’t have social security numbers in obtaining ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Numbers) so they can file their taxes.

Community is brought together to engage in civic advancement, addressing issues facing families receiving services at Junta. Junta mobilizes participants to advocate for themselves around cuts to federal and state benefits and services; immigration; and community safety. Junta also collaborates with non-profit service providers, businesses and community members to provide better education and support for issues not covered under our current programs. Activities include health workshops, health screenings and family literacy events.