SOMOS Fuertes

Somos Mayfair is currently conducting a study and testing approaches for the feasibility of SOMOS Fuertes, a peer educator job training and placement model that could systematize a new way of doing business in the nonprofit sector while leveraging the assets of Promotores. This study has received anchor funding from The Health Trust’s Disruptive Innovation Fund, which – if successful – has the potential of amplifying our impact beyond Mayfair and to the larger South Bay community.


The Network’s Vision 

A vibrant network of well-trained, highly-skilled peer educator community workers across the South Bay that increase access to economic opportunities for the workers, and serves as a bridge between institutions and local people supporting the transformation of the communities in which they work.

Mission of the Network 

To bring civic-minded institutions closer to their stakeholders with insight and knowledge on issues and trends through the engagement of community members via trusted relationships with Promotores.

Goals for the Network & its Partners

Benefit to Network Customers 

Provide efficient, effective access for public institutions, non-profit organizations, and private sector entities to conduct engagement activities resulting in better understanding of and accountability to the communities in which they operate.

Benefit to South Bay Communities 

Advance social justice by seeing engagement activity findings utilized in ways that result in improved policies, practices, and/or other positive changes in community conditions.

Benefit to Residents 

By exchanging ideas on civic and community matters of importance to them, stakeholders exercise their personal power and take steps to support their own family’s success.

Benefit to Network Workers/Cooperative Owners 

Provide fair compensation at a living-wage level to Promotores for their work as a means to supplement to their household income.