Each woman is an individual with her own way of life, personality, dreams, goals, needs and issues. The Women’s Intercultural Center (WInC) provides women the platform where they can unleash their potential and find their voice freely, openly and with a peer support network. WInC is where it starts! It is the only place in Southern NM and West TX that educates, empowers and engages women. The result of their efforts: A tangible place built by women for women… A legacy built for their daughters and for immigrant women to let them know they are worthy. A place that was originally designed for 35 women is now serving over 3,400 women, their families and their respective communities and growing. This 2011 participant data includes only participants that are enrolled in their primary programming and not the general public that takes advantage of their many other assistance programs. The programming is designed with the input of their participants and brought into implementation. Women choose the classes they like. The Center does not have cookie cutter programs but individualized opportunities for women to achieve their goals guided by the biggest stakeholders, themselves. Hence, their potential is unlocked and from there their lives are transformed. The Center hones their skills and abilities and teaches them to share their talents. All it takes is one class. The Center provides them the tools and resources based on their needs for them to thrive. The women realize their potential and become the authors of their own lives. They become a catalyst for change in their lives, the lives of their families and communities.
In the last four years the Center has become a nationally recognized model for making women economically self-sufficient through their WINGS (Women Interweaving Needs & Goals for Success) Program. A number of micro-enterprises and small businesses have been launched by the Center from the Sisterhood of the Mosaics to the Red Rooster Café. The Center provides all the tools and resources needed honing the skills and abilities of the women to turn them into entrepreneurs. The women are taught to make money from the very skills and abilities they enjoy doing. Imagine being able to sustain your family while teaching Zumba to your community.
By integrating G.E.D. classes into the Center’s programming it ensures that women interested in securing a job and or continuing their education not only have the main tool they needed but have an array of other tools and resources to help them attain their individualized goal. This includes but is not limited to employment search, job training, scholarship assistance and so much more. Scholarships are secured for those entering technical school, community college or university as well as those seeking scholarships to defray their costs for the application process of Citizenship.
Another major accomplishment of the Center is in attaining a 100% record of success in preparing its participants to pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam. For the past four years, the Center has successfully prepared and assisted over 30 people annually in becoming Naturalized Citizens.
To see the impact the Center has made within the Paso del Norte Region, one must read the articles, research documents, and books published about the Center as well as the awards the Center has received for its work. But most importantly, one must see the stories of the participants in video and writing or just through conversation at the impact this grassroots organization makes in the communities it serves.
For information on their programming and their day to day activities, you can visit their website at www.womensinterculturalcenter.org or follow them on facebook/twitter or simply stop by for a visit.