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RAICES: Resources, Advocacy, Integration, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Services


Mario Hernandez, PhD

Principal Investigators:

  • Mario Hernandez, PhD
  • Linda M. Callejas, PhD
  • Teresa Nesman, PhD

Funding Source:

U.S. Department of Education/The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

This project is complete but being disseminated.

Retrieve on-line publications

Orientation Guide (PDF, 2.55MB)

Project Summary Flyer ( PDF, 109KB)

Trainer's Curriculum Manual:

English (PDF, 5.0MB) or Spanish (PDF, 5.3MB)

Trainee's Curriculum Manual:

English (PDF, 2.8MB) or Spanish (PDF, 2.7MB)

 The RAICES project was funded to develop a training curriculum that integrates the promotora outreach model with the local school-based case management program, known as the Family and School Support Team (FASST). FASST provides school and in-home services for children and their families funded through the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Promotoras are community members who use their knowledge of local resources and their neighborhood's health and social issues to promote healthy living and help community residents access needed health and social services.

The RAICES project targets at-risk limited English speaking and Spanish monolingual Latino children or those with serious emotional disturbance enrolled in grades K-5. Very often, such children and their families fail to link with available services because of language, cultural and other barriers. By including bilingual promotoras as part of local case management teams, FASST can address challenges in identifying, mobilizing and sustaining resources to support families.

"RAICES," which stands for Resources, Advocacy, Integration, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Services, means "roots" in Spanish and symbolizes building healthy school and family ties upon the foundations present within the family and community. The development and implementation of the RAICES curriculum establishes a more culturally competent way for FASST to link and engage limited English-speaking Latino families with FASST and schools. Anticipated outcomes of the RAICES project include improved cultural competence of the school system and the mental health system through integration of promotoras with FASST teams, increased employment opportunities through recruitment of promotoras within targeted communities, increased connection to schools of targeted Latino parents, and improved school progress of at-risk Latino students.

The RAICES project was coordinated and managed through the Department of Child and Family Studies in collaboration with Children's Future Hillsborough, Inc., Achieve Management, Inc., the Hispanic Services Council, and the School District of Hillsborough County.

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