MISSION STATEMENT

Mana de Metro Detroit is the local chapter of the national MANA organization. Our mission is to empower Latinas and create a better quality of life for all Latinos through education, leadership development and advocacy.

Mana is short for Hermana, Spanish for “Sister.” MANA National was founded in 1974 in Washington DC.

Mana National Organization

OUR HISTORY

As we look back at the year of our 40th Anniversary, we can see a MANA that is transforming to meet the challenges of new generations, while maintaining diligent resolve to our goals of Leadership, Service and Advocacy for Latinas nationwide. In our 40th year, we reflected the lessons of our founders in the adult financial literacy education, youth mentoring, capacity building, and countless local programming initiatives provided to meet the needs of our communities in today’s ever-changing environment.

Our communications are increasingly online, but our Chapters and Affiliates have the community touch points that make a significant difference in connecting with Latinas from all walks of life and all backgrounds.

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HERMANITAS

Hermanitas Program – provides opportunities for growth through the mentorship of our young Latinas by Latina leaders from all arenas: education, government, political, business, and community. The program encourages young Latinas to stay in school and achieve high academic performance, and helps to develop the talents and skills of young Latinas in elementary, middle and high school though educational and leadership programs.

PROGRAM DETAILS

BRINDIS LUNCHEON

“Las Soldaderas Yesterday Today and Tomorrow” by Mary Luevanos

MANA de Metro Detroit invites you each year to our Brindis (from brindar: to drink ceremoniously in honor of someone) Luncheon to salute outstanding women, recipients of our Adelita Award (named in honor of the dedicated women who fought in the Mexican Revolution), who go beyond daily responsibilities to promote and support the Latino community.

The actions of the women being honored today for their volunteerism, self-sacrifice and activism — demonstrate their commitment to positive change. It is their character and perseverance that gives hope and regenerates the soul.

These are women of courage who are a great example of what it means to be a member of a community. We come together to raise our voices in salute to these women whose powerful spirits soar. These are women with a purpose, a dream and determination.

SCHOLARSHIPS

MANA de Metro Detroit Scholarship

MANA de Metro Detroit Scholarship Program was established in 1996 and has been providing scholarships for Latina women on annual basis. As of today, MANA de Metro Detroit has awarded over one hundred eleven (111) scholarships. Scholarship awards may cover costs and educational expenses such as tuition, books and school related supplies.

Eligibility requirements for scholarship include the following: must be Hispanic/Latina, resident of Detroit or Metro Detroit, and must be accepted or currently enrolled in a higher education institution, vocational/career training, or leadership program. Additionally, awardees of scholarship must be willing to provide ten hours of volunteering as a mentor to the Hermanitas Program in a two-year period.

Eligibility requirements for scholarship include the following: must be Hispanic/Latina, resident of Detroit or Metro Detroit, and must be accepted or currently enrolled in a higher education institution, vocational/career training, or leadership program. Additionally, awardees of scholarship must be willing to provide ten hours of volunteering as a mentor to the Hermanitas Program in a two-year period.

APPLY HERE

Carmen Muñoz Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Carmen Muñoz Crites was born and raised in Southwest Detroit, the fifteenth of sixteen children to Simon and Maria Muñoz. A strong and tenacious woman, Carmen decided early in life that her fate and the opportunity for success and failure would rest in her hands. That determination led Carmen to an entrepreneurial path that included building her company, Muñoz Machine Products, into a leading automotive supplier that was recognized throughout the industry for quality and service.

Although she became an accomplished businesswoman, Carmen believed true success as achieved by improving the lives of others and giving back to the community where she was raised.

The Carmen Muñoz Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program was created to honor Carmen’s life and encourage Latina Women to continue her legacy of entrepreneurism and community engagement. 

APPLY HERE

WHAT AWARDEES HAVE TO SAY:

I wanted to start this email off by communicating how immensely grateful I am for your generous contribution. I can’t even put into words how much this money will help me. This money will be solely used towards my education: whether it’s text books, tutoring, or tuition.

Rest assured that this money will be used to help me further my education in the nursing industry. I am sure you are aware of the trouble this pandemic has brought to the homes of many families, this truly fell right from heaven. Thank you so much.

Stay safe and best wishes,
Kimberly

Thank you for offering to forward my remarks to Dr. Gui Ponce De Leon and MANA of Metro Detroit. I would like to personally thank you as well for your open communication throughout the scholarship application process. I am very honored to be the first recipient of such a great scholarship that honors the impact and legacy of Ms. Carmen Munoz.

I would like to begin by expressing my eternal gratitude for being chosen as the Carmen Munoz Scholarship Recipient. My award this year will go toward funding my Master’s in Urban Planning from Wayne State University. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity and for investing in the next generation of Latinas in Detroit.

Your contributions and determination to fund Latina scholars during this time is greatly appreciated and truly admirable given the circumstances. May God bless you, today and always.

Thank you again.

Best,
Alondra

I just wanted to let you know that I received the scholarship check! I am truly honored to receive this great token of kindness from the sponsors and my own community who have done everything for me and my family.

The award will be going to help pay for my room and board for this year and help relieve my parents from the pressure of affording an education that I deserve and have worked hard for.

Thank you,
Tania

ADELITAS  2018

Pictured left to right: Mari Cruz-Moya, Stephanie Lopez-Gilmore, Martha Gonzalez-Cortes

ADELITAS  1996 – 2003

  • 1996 Adelitas Community Involvement – Irma Clark, Gloria Rocha, Gloria Rosas, Christie Urgo de Lozano
  • 1997 Adelitas Education – Penny Bailer, Norma Barquet, Gloria Butler Miller, Ines de Jesus
  • 1998 Adelitas Health – America Bracho, Guadalupe Lara, Myrna Mendez, Toni Villarruel, Erminia Ramirez
  • 1999 Adelitas Political Empowerment – Jane Garcia, Honorable Belda Garza, Eva Garza Dewaelsche, Hon. Patricia Perez Fresard
  • 2000 Adelitas Arts and Culture – Dr. Lucie Cruz Gajec, Cristina Huizar, Marta E. Lagos, Nora Chapa Mendoza, Jacqueline Rae Sanchez
  • 2001 Adelitas Business Owner – Ninfa Cancel, Maria C. Luna, Patricia Rojas Ferguson, Jacklyn Salazar, Serafina Hernandez
  • 2002 Adelitas Media – Olivia Galan, Carmen Garcia, Laura, Luevanos, Raquel Vazquez, Sara Toro, Dolores Sanchez
  • 2003 Adelitas Labor – Rebecca Cabreros, Alana Reyes-Ali, Maria Enriquez, Gloria Gonzalez, Goldie Martinez, Elena Herrada, Maria Winters, Sandra Esparza, Luisa M. PereZ

ADELITAS  2019

Pictured left to right: Melissa Villarreal Lydia Gutierrez, JoAnn Chavez, Maria Enriquez (not pictured)

ADELITAS  2004 – Present

  • 2004 Adelitas Leadership – Maria Flores, Sally Rendon, Angela Reyes, Blanca Almanza
  • 2006 Adelitas Community Service – Mary Barela, Mary Luevanos, Adela Rivera, Maria Salinas, Mary Turner
  • 2007 Adelitas Advocates – Ruth Dumas, Alicia Juarez, Juanita Hernandez
  • 2008 Adelitas Recipients – Jeanette Avila, Carmen Muñoz, Edith Colon, Giovanna Rodriquez
  • 2012 Adelitas Recipients – Sister Consuelo Alcala, CSJ Dorothy Alcala, Laura Echartea, Sheila Jackson, Monica Martinez, Judge Maria Oxholm, Kathleen Wendler
  • 2013 Adelitas Recipients – Cindy Estrada, Beatriz Esquivel Ramos, Debra Ehrmann
  • 2014 Adelitas Recipients – Sylvia Gucken, Renee Liagkos, Celia Christina Rosas ,Rosa Cruz-Avila
  • 2015 Adelitas Recipients – Rocio Campos, Alma L. Guajardo-Crossley, Marycruz Gutierrez Saldivar
  • 2016 Adelitas Recipients – Laura Reyes Kopack, Laura Robollar, Whitney Walton
  • 2019 Adelitas Recipients – JoAnn Chavez, Maria Enriquez, Melissa Villarreal

SPONSOR PARTNERS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President – Belda Garza
Vice President – Alicia Juarez
Secretary – Maria Flores
Treasurer – Ninfa Cancel

BRINDIS COMMITTEE

Belda Garza
Emirene Ramirez
Alicia Juarez
Ninfa Cancel

Maria Flores
Cindy Gamboa
Stephanie Lopez-Gilmore
Gloria Rosas

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

Ines de Jesus, Chair
Laura Echartea
Beatriz Esquivel-Ramos
Sandra Gonzales

Helena Lazo
Stephanie Lopez-Gilmore
Lilian Roa

CONTACT US

Have any questions? We’d love to hear from you!

ADDRESS

4138 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

PHONE

(313) 649 – 5104