WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO
Que Paso Latinx™ is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization established in 2020.
Que Paso Latinx™ is on a mission to destigmatize mental health by educating and empowering the community through healing, conversations, and culture.
Our organization is dedicated to raising awareness of
mental health issues among Latinx and BIPOC communities in New York.
OUR FOUNDING STORY
The story of Que Paso Latinx™ starts with the story of our founder and executive director Maria Alfaro's childhood. Maria’s mother struggled with bipolar disorder from the age of 10. Growing up in Yonkers, Maria had an unstable childhood due to the challenges posed by her mother’s condition. When Maria was a 16-year-old high school student trying to find her place in the world she began to learn about her mother’s illness. The education she received from the Scientific Research Program at Lincoln High School sparked Maria’s passion for learning about mental health. She went off to Mercy College to study Behavioral Sciences. As she delved deeper into her study of psychology, Maria gained a better understanding of bipolar disorder.
After graduating from college in 2017, inspired and empowered by her own mental-health education, Maria decided to establish an organization dedicated to providing today’s youth with the kinds of mental health awareness programs that were unavailable to her when she was growing up. She founded Que Paso Latinx in the spring of 2020, to address the need for mental health awareness and education among middle and high school students and their families in the Latinx and other communities of color in Yonkers, NY.
Today, Maria holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Manhattan College. She envisions a futAure where programs promoting mental health education and awareness are integrated into the public-school curriculum. “Just as physical education is a subject in school,” she says, “mental health should be its own course of study.” She shares this message of hope and empowerment by collaborating with representatives of other educational organizations, social agencies, and civic groups throughout the Yonkers community.