Centro Cívico

Incorporated in 1986, Centro Civico has served the immigrant, refugee and Latino community in the Capital Region and surrounding counties by helping low-income families access English as a second language classes, language access, case management, language courses for adults, voter registration drives, advocacy and a variety of health, education, housing, business development and employment programs.

In May 2015, Centro Civico entered in an intent merger relationship with Ibero-American Action League Inc. and in October 2020 the two entities were legally merged, with Ibero as the surviving entity. Together, we serve a large regional area of Upstate New York including 6 counties in the Capital Region, 5 counties of the Mohawk Valley, and Monroe County. Ibero was incorporated in 1968 to address the growing needs of the Latino community in Monroe County.

Programa de Discapacidades del Desarrollo

El programa de Discapacidades del Desarrollo presta servicios a las personas y sus familias mediante la defensa, la divulgación, el manejo de casos, las actividades familiares, la coordinación de la atención, los programas de relevo, el reembolso a las familias y la rehabilitación comunitaria.

Programa de Movilización de la Comunidad

El Programa Comunitario Pre-vocacional proporciona aprendizaje y experiencias de trabajo, incluyendo fortalezas y habilidades no específicas de trabajo que promueven la empleabilidad en un ambiente comunitario integrado de empleo remunerado.

El personal de Ibero ayuda a coordinar no sólo los servicios médicos de salud mental y abuso de sustancias, sino también las necesidades de servicios sociales del individuo.

La Segunda Familia

La Segunda Familia proporciona a los jóvenes participantes acceso a un conjunto integral de experiencias y actividades apropiadas para su edad y culturalmente sensibles que incluyen: asesoramiento individual, de grupo y familiar, actividades de enriquecimiento, talleres sobre temas juveniles, desarrollo de la autoestima, viajes de estudio a la universidad, tutorías específicas y programas de enriquecimiento familiar.

Language Services

Centro Cívico ofrece clases de inglés como segundo idioma para hispanohablantes nativos, así como servicios lingüísticos y culturales como traducciones, intérpretes, referidos a servicios de salud y consultas de inmigración. El Centro también tiene varios programas que sirven a los migrantes y refugiados.

Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP)
TIn 2000, the New York State Legislature changed the Public Health Law to authorize a demonstration program to expand access to sterile hypodermic needles and syringes. This is a public health measure to prevent blood borne diseases, mostly HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and Hepititis C. ESAP became effective in 2001. As of 2009, it became a permanent program. Centro Civico with funding from the New York State department of Health AIDS Institue has provided containers and drop off locations to Fulton-Montgomery, Albany, Schenectady counties. Centro Civico coordinates the disposal of hypdermic needles and/or syringes. Working with parmacies, clinics, healthcare practioners that wish to accept household sharps under ESAP.


Programa de Inmigración y Ciudadanía

The Immigration and Citizenship Program assists individuals with navigating the process of becoming an American citizen. In partnership with the Albany Police Department, the Immigrant and Refugee Justice Alliance Project serves immigrant communities from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Africa, Sudan, Syria, and the Dominican Republic. When the coronavirus pandemic began, Centro Civico closed its offices to the public, but have continued offering their services via phone, online and in the community. Centro Civico has partnered with the Amsterdam School District to provide grab-n-go meals for parents to pick up for their children. They also established a meal program out of their Albany daycare facility to serve their attendees. Centro Civico has also provided technical assistance for parents and children learning how to do online school learning using Chromebooks. The staff has also established online immigration workshops and held a virtual gala to acknowledge their high school scholarship recipients.