History—or More about Latino Service Providers Coalition
Since 2004, totally through voluntary participation, the Coalition has met monthly to share information about programs, client needs, resources, methods to improve services, and events of interest to the Latino community. Out of this coalition was born the Hispanic On-line Referral Center, funded by Stateline United Way.
We have supported the publication of a Spanish newspaper, La Voz de Beloit, which is disseminated free throughout the greater Rock County area. Both the web-site and newspaper are working toward inclusion of English and Spanish translations.
Our ultimate goal is to help the Latino community gain access to the services and education they need to lead more enjoyable and more productive lives as they become more active members of the community. We seek to do this by collaborating with fellow service providers to offer enhanced services to the Latino community. We share ideas and resources, and plan programs and events of interest. Our website provides information about the various organizations providing bilingual services to the growing Latino population in the Beloit-Janesville-Stateline area.
Partnership Among Service Providers Serving the Hispanic Community
As a result of the Latino Service Providers Coalition many new partnerships have been established. Many were in place but other members were not aware they existed. An example is the Domestic Violence Shelter and the Sexual Assault Recovery Program have now set up regular times to provide counseling services at the Stateline Literacy Council (SLC). The Literacy Council is now referring its more advanced students on to classes at Blackhawk Technical College Beloit Center or main campus, while they refer down the low-level learners to SLC. Consumer Credit Counseling Services has provided bilingual Financial Literacy Classes at the Literacy Council and Health Literacy Classes have been offered through UW-Extension on Nutrition and Family Living.
These are just a few examples of partnerships among coalition members. Each organization provides services that address one particular issue or need. While there are four educationally focused providers as part of the coalition (Even Start, Blackhawk Technical College, The Beloit Learning Center and the Stateline Literacy Council) we all represent different areas of focus, i.e. low-level learners, adults with children, advanced learners or different geographic locations.
Hispanic Population in Rock County and Beloit
The big news from Census 2000 was that the Hispanic population gained about 13 million people since 1990, a 58 percent increase. Population percent change from 1990 to 2000 in Wisconsin was 9.6% and in Rock County was 9.2%. According to Census 2000, in the United States the Hispanic or Latino population was 35,305,818 – 12.5% of the total population. By July 1, 20004, the Hispanic or Latino population was 41,329,556, 14.1% of the total population
Hispanic population as of April 2000
- Total Hispanic or Latino population in Rock County – 5,953 (3.9%)
- Total Hispanic population in Beloit – 3,257 (9.10%)
- Total Hispanic population in Janesville -1,569 (2.64%)
According to the 2000 census, The Hispanic or Latino population has increased 34.6% in Rock County since 2000.
As is the case all over Wisconsin, the number of Latino residents in Beloit has increased dramatically over the last 15 years. A landmark study titled: “The Future Use of The Spanish Language In The USA — Projected to 2015 & 2025”, just released by Hispanic U.S.A. Inc. (August 2005) reveals startling results about the dramatic continued growth of Spanish-speakers in America.
The study shows that the number of Spanish-dominant and bilingual Latinos will increase by 45 percent over the next two decades – adding 12.4 million Spanish-speakers to today’s population. Among its findings:
- By 2025, the number of Spanish-speaking Latinos in the United States will reach 40.2 million, up from 27.8 million today.
- Fully two-thirds of Hispanics, five and older, will speak Spanish 20 years from now.
- On average, 35 percent of third-generation Latinos in the United States speaks Spanish.
- The 18-and-older Spanish-speaking population will increase by 53 percent, to 15.2 million by 2025.
- The key 18-to-49 year old demographic will grow by 7.5 million, and will include 59 percent of all the Spanish speakers.