Sant La is a resource in the following areas:
Sant La provides training in survival Creole and cultural competence/ sensitivity to non-profit leaders and staff. Sant La provides cultural competence workshops and seminars, upon request, to better prepare private and governmental entities to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of their clients, customers and/ or workforce. Topics have included: Crash Creole for Medical Providers, Survival Creole for Social Service Practitioners and the History of Haitian Migration to the US.
Eligible Legal Permament Residents (LPRs) are assisted in applying for their US citizenship through naturalization application and civics review. The curriculum and techniques used prepare students for the one-on-one interview process while proving a basic understanding of American government.
Sant La hosts forums designed to promote community involvement; we encourage community members to identify their needs, articulate the appropriate solutions to those needs and participate in the decision-making process that affects their daily lives.
Dr. Jean-Price Mars College Scholarships
Sant La has created the Dr. Jean-Price Mars scholarship fund to assist college-ready individuals who have achieved academically and need financial assistance to attend college. This scholarship program, created as a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, targets students who are survivors of the earthquake and/ or are currently enrolled in Miami-Dade County schools. For a complete application, instructions and list of eligibility qualifications please click here.
Community Outreach and Education
Sant La works diligently to inform and educate Haitian residents about important initiatives and topical issues. Sant La's Creole-language educational television talk show, Teleskopi, has become a successful vehicle to inform, engage and reach the community. For more information on Teleskopi, click here.
Sant La strategically created and developed a Provider Network and a Neighborhood Advisory Group (NAG) to help identify and address the specific needs of the Haitian community.
Documentation of Needs
Educational Attainment and Advocacy
Sant La’s staff actively advocates for educational achievement and new models of community involvement in neighborhood schools.
A program and supportive services successfully train and place those looking for work. Clients receive instructions on the employment application process, personal appearance, interview preparedness, workplace protocol, resume preparation and a comprehensive plan for achieving stated career goals.
Sant La provides a series of workshops entitled “From Saving to Asset Building” designed to enhance understanding of and access to commonly available financial products. Topics include: Budget Management, Credit Cards, Mortgages, Loans and an understanding of various financial products. Our comprehensive financial security services include: free tax preparation for low to moderate income tax payers, assistance with the resolution of issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and financial literacy coaching.
Our library collection continues to grow as we gather publications that document the growth and evolving nature of the Haitian community in South Florida.
Sant La promotes access to health care services through activities such as outreach and education to create a culture of prevention and to connect clients to necessary health services. Sant La also provides assistance in preparing Medicaid and Kidcare applications.
Information and Referral
Sant La offers information and referral services to the Haitian and Haitian-American communities throughout South Florida. Clients receive guidance and care coordination as well as counseling and follow-up monitoring of services received.
Tax Payer Advocacy
Sant La provides information to low income tax payers and offers free assistance and advocacy to eligible taxpayers who have unresolved issues with the IRS.
Strengthening Families Program
A dual program designed to promote effective parenting skills and positive development for youth ages 10 to 14. Parent and child engage in activities that teach as well as entertain. The other component includes clinical services for parents and youth ages 11 to 17 experiencing social, economic and emotional challenges.
Sant La provides free tax return assistance to eligible community members through our Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Youth and Family Advocacy
Guidance and support to parents/ caregivers dealing with institutions that care for youth. Support to youth and families include access to specialized services, as well as academic and enrichment services.