Esperanza celebrated its 14th Health Promotes Graduation “Class 2010”.  The ceremony took place at Magnolia Place where 22 community residents walked across the hall to receive their diplomas and to take the next step in becoming future leaders of their community.

The ceremony began with entrance of the class of 2010 and a warm welcoming by Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, Executive Director of Esperanza and founder of the “Promotora Training”.  Lupe Gonzalez, Director of the Health  Program, and Community Health Promoter, the Honorable Councilwomen Jan Perry, and Norma Benitez, Associate Director of the Health Programs honored and congratulated the class for this great achievement.

Class speakers also motivated the moment with personal stories and their experiences while taking the Promoter Training.  Brenda Chour,Irma Avila, Juan Martinez, and guest speaker Silvia Esqueda was also part of the emotive ceremony.

“Promoter at Heart” award was also presented by Esperanza Community Health Promoters in recognition to those who have demonstrated, leadership, motivation, generosity, and respect to our community. The “Promotores de Corazon” this year where the following:

An individual who has demonstrated great leadership within the Promotores circle.  His passion to enhance the Promotores awareness in the social and environmental justice area make him unique.  His mission is to help people growth, both personally and professionally, and create opportunities where Promotores de Salud can serve the community in diverse areas around health and social justice issues. Dynamic, sociable, humble, helpful and dedicated are words that describe Marlon Portillo.

One of our strongest women in the promotora field, mentor to the health promoters for the past twelve generations, and a great model for many women in the field.  Because of her great leadership, encouragement, and motivation many women have taken the training and have graduated as health promoters.  Direct, kind, and compassionate are words that describe Maria Cervantes.

She is the definition of genuine generosity, shares a lot with the little that she has, believes that everyone should be treated equally.  As a health promoter she identifies witht he pain of others, such as illness of a child or the loss of employment.  She has set the model of how to help others by finding resources and overcoming obstacles when a family is in need.  Charismatic, dedicated, humble and warm hearted are the words that describe Irma Chavez.

Hard working individual always serving the community with honesty and respect, and always making sure that families get what they need and deserve. As a health promoter, she encourages families to adopt healthier lifestyles through nutrition, and has organized people to take part of special events and community events.  Respectful, hardworking, passionate, and compassionate are the words that describe Georgina Padilla.

Special thanks to:  Marisla Foundation, Mizuho, Graduation Committee, SAJE, Magnolia Place Family Center, Antonia Esparza, Antonio Rubio, Cindy Huerta, Patricia Rizo, and to everyone who donated to make this graduation possible.