Our Digital Connectors program is funded by Comcast and makes it possible for young adults to develop their skills in using computers, applications, and the Internet, and then use what they have learned to provide several hours a month volunteering at non-profit organizations, senior centers, churches, local schools, and even their own homes, to make the community aware of how broadband can change their lives and help them connect to others. It is currently offered at West High School.


Centro’s Healthy Relationships program is funded by the Utah Department of Health and seeks to prevent rape and sexual violence among the state’s Latino population. It addresses the sexual violence risk factors and cultural idiosyncrasies of this demographic and recognizes parental involvement as a preventive measure.

According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data of 9th – 12th graders across the United States, Hispanic teens have higher rates of dating violence than their white peers. During the 12 months preceding the survey 11.5 percent of Hispanic teens had been subjected to dating violence versus 8 percent of Caucasian teens. Hispanic youth also have higher rates of forced sexual intercourse than white students.

Centro’s Healthy Relationships program serves youth ages 10 to 16. It focuses on educating students about sexuality, gender roles, healthy relationships, and improving family communication. Hispanic teens surveyed for the Voices Heard report of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy indicated that they place a higher value on advice about sexuality from their parents than from their friends.

Centro's program offers workshops on the teenage dating scene and the signs of abuse in a relationship to parents. It also addresses the cultural factors that may foster domestic violence and capitalizes on their potential strength to dissipate violence. For example, a macho in its positive connotation is a man who takes care of his family (would not hurt them). The program incorporates lessons on the media and the messages it sends regarding sexuality and gender.   

Non-profit and for-profit service providers alike, we are all challenged to increase our understanding of the cultures present in the client and customer groups we serve. This means understanding motivators, behaviors, responses and languages in ways that lead us to establish appropriate metrics and assessments in the areas of human resource management and client service.

The Cultural Competency in Practice training programs offered by Centro de la Familia de Utah prepares your organization to best meet the needs of your multi-cultural workforce and clientele. Key to client success is our ability to customize our training to your organization’s specific needs.

Why Centro de la Familia de Utah?

For more than 30 years, Centro has provided services to some 25,000 Latino families in Utah. In that time we have developed and refined best practices for service delivery to this growing consumer population. The strategies we use daily easily transfer to a variety of ethnic minority populations (refugees as well as new immigrants) and also work well with clientele from the majority community. In the past five years we have trained more than 300 staff and volunteers representing some 20 nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the state.

Our Cultural Competency in Practice trainings provide:

Strategies and tools to assess your organization’s level of cultural competency and define systemic gaps.
Steps to improve your organization’s ability to serve Latinos and other clients from minority populations.
Culture-specific research, data and outcomes related to becoming more culturally competent.
Interactive and experiential learning strategies from experienced presenters who can keep your staff interested and engaged while educating them on best-practices in a multicultural business climate.

Outreach Presentations

Centro staff provide established and custom programs throughout Utah on a ongoing basis.

Special presentations and collaboration with other government and nonprofit agency programs is supported upon request. Please contact Gonzalo Palza or Edith Urbina at (801) 521-4473 to arrange for a presentation or to explore collaboration opportunities.