What Drives MEDA's Work? It's Our Five Core Values

Organizational values describe the core ethics or principles by which our nonprofit will abide, no matter what.

MEDA’s five core values are:

Equity. We create programs and change policies to expand opportunities for Latinos and other historically underserved communities, to ensure justice is never limited by race/ ethnicity, class, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, country of origin and disability status.

Activation. Our work is grounded in the experience and expertise of our community members, mobilizing local leaders to reverse displacement and promote local ownership of neighborhood establishments, cultural institutions, business capital and homes.

Audacity. We are risk-takers who lead with courage, put forth new solutions to our community’s challenges and continuously adapt to changing circumstances.

Togetherness. In solidarity with fellow organizations committed to advancing equity, the MEDA team creates partnerships locally, regionally, statewide and nationally, sharing our model and building coalitions in a movement toward social justice.

Impact. Our goal is to eradicate our community’s problems, not only to help our clients develop coping strategies. In order to create this lasting change, we continuously monitor the impact of our services as well as use data to drive program improvements and inform our policy agenda.

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