"Building Strong and Healthy Latino Communities"
Our History "We strongly believe the solutions to our community challenges can be found within the strengths of our community leaders." - Jessica Quintana, Executive Director of Centro C.H.A.
Centro CHA is a non-profit Hispanic/Latino human and social service agency formed in 1992 and incorporated in 1999. Since 1992, Centro CHA strives to create a record of service that advances, and advocates extensively for, the well being of underrepresented, low-income Hispanic children, youth and families in the City of Long Beach A recognized leader at the local, county and state levels, Centro CHA is a committed grassroots, community-based nonprofit organization that continuously provides quality, necessary and compassionate services to more than 5,000 families from underserved, impoverished Hispanic neighborhoods. Centro C.H.A. is located in an area of Long Beach with a Hispanic population over 65%, effectively making Centro CHA one of the most accessible organizations in the area and a leader in the community.
C.H.A. has a valued record of service and has contributed extensively to increasing opportunities and improving the lives of socially, economically disadvantaged Latino/a youth and families through advocacy, health education, violence prevention, mentoring, youth workforce development, community service, and civic leadership activities. Centro CHA is committed to empowering youth with knowledge and skills towards becoming healthy, productive, and self-sufficient members in their community. Our services are focused in neighborhoods where Hispanics are the most impacted, among all residents, in terms of high rates of unemployment, poverty, violence, communicable diseases, and low levels of educational attainment.
Our Goals are to reduce health disparities and violence in the Latino/a community. To build and empower Latino/a youth through positive social and economic development programs and activities. To develop responsible Latino/a parents and caregivers to make positive, healthy choices on the wellbeing of their children, families and community. To foster leadership among women and young girls through educational activities regarding their minds, bodies rights, family, culture and community. To promote, educate and celebrate cultural diversity through advocacy, community health and safety events, civic leadership, and community forums