What are we doing,
and why are we doing it.
Our mission is to create Latino leaders by providing children in our community a safe environment where they can partake in activities and programs that will help them build their self-confidence, leadership, and communication skills and equip them with tools to become the leaders of the next generation.
Our vision is to create a safe network where Latino leaders of the future can flourish and reach their full potential.
HOW WE BEGAN
Niño de la Caridad Foundation was founded by Dr. Denise Nuñez at a time when she used to work as a Pediatric Critical Care Physician in the Bronx. As she provided medical care to the local community, she started noticing the lack of resources that were available to Hispanic and Latinx families in the borough.For years, Bronx families have been facing great barriers. More than 40% of children in the Bronx live in poverty, compared to 20.6% statewide. Poverty is one of the most important reasons why children do not attend school or college.
The advancement — or lack thereof — of Latinos in the Bronx has paralleled their academic performance. The fact that there are so few Latino doctors, attorneys, engineers, teachers, and corporate executives can be directly attributed to Latinos’ painfully slow progress in New York elementary and secondary schools. Fewer black and Hispanic students were admitted to NYC specialized high schools such as Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, and Brooklyn Tech.
of The Bronx community are Brown and Black youths
of Brown and Black youths graduate
of The Bronx community aged 25+ are without a high school diploma
of the Bronx Community have a bachelor’s degree or higher
of Bronx youth drop out of high school
of Bronx youth are admitted into college
of the population in The Bronx under 18-years-old is considered poor
of The Bronx community is under 18-years-old