Our Work

Our work is concentrated into the three pillars of our mission statement; Creation, Community, Culture, and collaborations with organizations and institutions that align with the Nueva Esperanza vision.

CREATION 

  By creating new opportunities through social justice and community education focusing on leadership and creative youth development, we continue moving both the organization and the community forward.

  • Cuyo Social Justice Arts Program:  Cuyo is a Taino Indian word meaning light or fire. The CUYO Social Justice Summer Program for youth (ages 9 – 13) seeks to shed light on the injustices of the world and teach teens how to combat them. We teach youth how to gain access to the tools that will enhance their learning and ignite the fire from within to walk a path of empowerment and solidarity.  CSJSP is a summer program committed to social change. Inspired by activist and author Paulo Freire, we encourage youth (9-13 years old) to make a difference on a cause they care about — all while having one of the best experiences of their life.  At CUYO we strongly believe in education as a key tool to one’s liberation and decolonization journey. We encourage youth to become the change they want to see manifest in the world.  Registration & Enrollment – OPEN NOW!.  (Space is limited to 40 youth). 
  • South Holyoke Neighborhood Association: Nueva Esperanza, Inc is proud to serve as the home to the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association. In collaboration and support from Nueva, the association has produced a neighborhood festival, annual cleanups, mural projects and business expansion and growth in South Holyoke.  The association meets the 3rd Wednesday of Every Month at El Mercado Holyoke, 413 Main Street, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  For more information visit the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association Facebook page.
  • Advocacy, Community Empowerment, and Engagement: Participatory Asset Mapping (PAM) project is a community quality-of-life survey project lead by a collaborative partnership between Olde Holyoke Development, Nueva Esperanza, Inc., UMASS Amherst, and various community organizations.The goal of the PAM Project is to collect and disseminate information about what makes up Holyoke’s cultural assets, from the perspective of local residents. The results will help us understand the true needs of our community and the information we gather will be dedicated to the community in achieving its goals. Learn more by clicking here.Other work includes a joint advocacy between community organizations, state and local leadership, residents, and business owners to restart the stalled repair of the Willimansett Bridge; and worked with Westfield State University on numerous projects including most recently – the development of a South Holyoke Children and Families Resource Map. Learn more about the map by clicking here.

COMMUNITY 

Maintaining and expanding Nueva Esperanza’s property assets will make us leaders by example in how members of the community can take ownership of their neighborhoods and get more involved within their communities.

  • Affordable Housing: Nueva Esperanza, Inc. owns 18 affordable housing units in South Holyoke that are currently managed by Virgilio Property Management.
  • Voces de Esperanza: a partnership management arrangement of a 36 Unit Development located on the corner of Franklin St and Chestnut St. The partnership includes Nueva Esperanza, Inc., and the tenants – together recognized as the Voces Corporation. The Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) is the managing partner and majority interest holder of the development. The current arrangement preserves the rights for tenants to have a say in important matters that concern the partnership. This model allows residents a voice in the operations of the building they live in.
  • Event Rental Hall is a 1,675 square feet of rentable space for community events. Birthday parties, workshops, dance classes, or community fundraisers – the open floor plan, beautifully restored flooring and brick walls provide a versatile, warm atmosphere for all types of events. Click for more information

CULTURE: 

To strive to become a Puerto Rican/Afro Caribbean Cultural Center that keeps our traditions, art, and history alive within our communities.

  • P.R.A.C.C.C.: The creation of the Puerto Rican/Afro Caribbean Cultural Center of Holyoke.  The cultural center will plan exhibitions, explore sacred Puerto Rican / Afro-Caribbean traditions, plan international travel exchanges, and art education & equity.  OPENING MAY 21, 2018.
  • Puerto Rican Cultural District Council: Nueva Esperanza Inc, is pleased to be the host agency to the official governing body for the Puerto Rican Cultural District (The Flats & South Holyoke.)  The purpose of the PR Cultural Council is to plan to program and provide funding for Puerto Rican cultural art, and activities within the district boundaries.
  • Mercado on Main Street: Nueva Esperanza, Inc. is pleased to launch a monthly Food/Art Street market, at Nueva Esperanza. Mercado On Main is will be a monthly Food/Art Market  featuring local artists, food, music, games and more. If you are an Latinx artist, join us on Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm for our initial call of artist meeting. for more information, call us at  413-437-7666.

COLLABORATIONS