the Latino Legacies series

The number of neighborhoods—urban, suburban, and rural—in our country with children who are underserved on too many fronts is vastly more than the Claretians can reach in person.

Latino Legacies was created as a new media outreach to serve the hundreds of thousands of these children. It is a series of short-form documentary films to give Latino children anywhere in the U.S. a library of role models. The series offers a wider world of strong options for these children and teens than their neighborhoods can provide.

Legacies’ subjects will represent a range of role models from people who are significant successes in their fields of expertise on a national level to accomplished career people impacting and improving the world at a local community level.

The series will be donated to any organization with the ability to reach children and their families. Our outreach starts with community centers, parishes, libraries, and schools. The series will be gradually posted on YouTube as we complete the upcoming features. For communities without adequate access to the Internet, we will donate the programs on USB drives or DVDs, depending on each site’s technology, to provide access to the people.

This compelling series launched in October 2014 in Chicago with the premiere of its pilot feature, Latino Legacies: Manny Villafana. Manny is an incredible entrepreneur in biomedical devices, with an astounding story and an amazing commitment to serving youth in the Bronx.

Production costs of each film are underwritten by private and corporate entities who support this unique reach into these communities. If you know someone who might be interested in being part of the building process, please have them contact us at claretianinitiative@claretians.org. All funds will be restricted for Latino Legacies only.