At Edúcate Ya, we welcome everyone to participate in our programs and to be a part of them as employees, volunteers, teachers, helpers, learners, etc.
All of us together give meaning to our name “educate yourself now!”
Thank you for visiting us and I hope we can meet in the near future! ¡Muchísimas Gracias!
-Rafael Arellano, Founder and Executive Director
The mission of Edúcate Ya is to facilitate multi-cultural exchange and address the integration challenges faced by Latinos in Oregon through bilingual health, leadership, and education programs.
In 2000, Rafael Arellano-Barrera founded the organization in response to a lack of Latinos in leadership and managerial roles. His vision was to create an organization that would educate Latinos on how to navigate the western system in order to achieve better jobs and health care, helping them to eventually become leaders in the American Society.
Educating the Latino Community is a step in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done to break down larger barriers of language, racism, and prejudice in order for Latinos to succeed.