Winter 2020 Newsletter


Investing Agency Partners like MG&E are fundamental to the success of our work and provide support for Centro's programs and services at the deepest level. Learn more about MG&E and their Living in Balance Initiative.

Learn more about Centro's
Agency Partnership Program.
Centro's Career Pathways Program is Expanding
Centro is excited to be expanding its Career Pathways Program in 2020 with the addition of CAMINOS PROGRESO, a new eight-week training program offered at Centro focused on providing crucial job readiness skills, and enhanced digital literacy skills needed for upward mobility in workforce.

CAMINOS PROGRESO is the newest development in our Career Pathways  Program which already includes a Finance and a Certified Nursing Assistant track. PROGRESO will focus on developing transferrable skills and offer digital literacy and technology training to participants that they can utilize across different employment sectors  and that can help them develop a sustainable and attainable career plan for their professional development.

 CAMINOS Progreso will also include the following components: hands-on training, online assessments, hone leadership skills, self-assertiveness, and civic engagement activities. To learn more about CAMINOS PROGRESO and our other career pathway programs please click here.

The CAMINOS PATHWAYS PROGRAM is made possible with the generous support of the United Way HIRE Initiative, UnidosUS, A Fund for Women and our Agency Partners.  
Q&A: Maria Paula Lujum, Centro Youth Programs Manager
In September 2019, we welcomed our new Youth Programs Manager, María Paula Lujum, to the Centro team. Maria Paula is a native of Colombia and recently relocated to Madison from Atlanta to join us.

What motivated you to work at Centro?

I am a person that is invigorated by initiatives or programs that have a purpose. Before moving to Madison, I worked in programs that involved inclusion, diversity from an equity lens with youth and Latino women.

I came across Centro's work through a common connection while working on Inclusion and Diversity initiatives. As I did more research and learned more about the organization's values and work, I got interested. I liked the holistic approach that Centro has, the work with youth and the community and I wanted to be part of it.

What are your goals as a new Youths Program Manager?

I believe in leadership, I would like to be a support for the staff and build a team with a defined purpose. We are here for the students, but I also want to develop an environment that is respectful/mindful of the well being of coworkers, especially the youth coordinators.  I would like to keep building on the foundation that has already been established; and help guide students that are seeking new horizons.

What do you like to do outside Centro?

I like to travel. I like to be connected with people from around the world. I enjoy learning from those experiences. I also enjoy attending concerts and listening to podcasts and to know what is happening in other countries.

Would you like to add anything else?

I would like to invite everyone to be part of our Centro: this is an open space and we welcome you with open arms.  It is a perfect place because it feels like home and I work with people that inspire me.​
2019 Becas Program Award Luncheon Recognizes Youth Dreams and Achievements
By Shalicia Johnson & Jonathan Gramling
Writing for the Capital Times Hues
Photos by Hedi Rudd

December 30, 2019
For many Latino and immigrant families, they are of limited means. Within their limited economic means, the families give the children every opportunity to pursue their American Dream, which almost always means pursuing academic excellence all the way to higher education.
On November 30, about 125 people attended the Becas Awards Luncheon at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Centro Hispano separated the awarding of scholarships — which it has done since the early 1990s — from its annual banquet so that more attention could be focused on the award recipients.
The Becas Awards Luncheon is the nice culmination of the hard work and academic focus that the students have maintained for years. Together, with Centro Hispano and other community resources, the students can take their academic game to the next level, in the warm, loving arms of their academic family.  Read more.
Tres Reyes Celebration welcomes 400+ children and their families to Centro in January
The Tres Reyes Celebration was a perfect example of collaboration, teamwork, and love for our community. Although it only lasted two hours, the work of volunteers from different schools, churches and companies started months in advance and impacted hundreds of children and their families.

We would like to thank all of our Agency Partners, listed below, for their support . Your continuous support makes us stronger and all of the work that we do possible. Thank you to our in-kind donors who brought gifts, supplies, coordinated time to come to Centro, helped us wrap toys, volunteered hours before, during, and after the event.
Thank you, In-Kind Donors and Agency Partners!

Blackhawk Church 
American Family Insurance  
Wheels for Winners 
Willy Street Coop 
Food Fight Restaurants 
Park Bank 
Santa 4 U with Real Beard 
Wisconsin Public Radio 

Cuna Mutual Foundation
UW Health 
Unity Point Health Meriter
BMO Harris Bank 
Group Health Cooperative
Hy Cite Enterprises/LLC
Associated Bank
Alliant Energy
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
Park Bank 
Old National Bank 
Stanfford Rosenbaum LLP


Centro's 2020 Board of Directors
Scott López - President
​Vice President
Human Resources and Organizational Development
Credit Union National Association (CUNA)
Nancy Francisco-Welke-Vice President
Vice President of Development 
University of Wisconsin Foundation
Elizabeth Garcia-Hall - Secretary
Hospitality Director
Food Fight Inc
Mario García Sierra - Ex-Officio Chair
Residential Services Manager
Madison Gas and Electric
Michael S. Greiveldinger - Treasurer
Managing Attorney
Alliant Energy Corporate Services
Christina Demakopoulos 
Corporate Attorney
Hy Cite Enterprises LLC
Joe Hankey 
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
CUNA Mutual Group
Sandra Kallio
Senior Writer
University of Wisconsin-System
Rich Lynch 
​Chairman of the Board 
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Cesar Pinzon
Sales Strategy & Support Vice President
American Family Insurance
Felipe Noboa
Private Banker
BMO Private Bank
Strategic Update
Thursday, April 23
By Invite Only

Central Park Sessions
Wednesday, August 19
202 South Ingersoll Street
5pm - 10pm

31st Annual Celebration Gala
Saturday, September 19
The Concourse Hotel
6pm - 11pm

Consider supporting the work we do by making a gift to Centro. Explore our different giving opportunities.

Together we CAN make a difference!
2020 Census: You matter in the count. 
The 2020 Census is coming in March!  To learn more about the census and why a complete count is important, visit   #MadisonCounts #2020Census
Your support at any level makes a difference. Gracias!


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