Latino Institute


City of Phoenix Latino Institute logo 

OUR MISSION: “To enhance the quality of life for all communities through a collective effort that recognizes the richness of the Latino culture, its contributions to society, and its challenges for the future.”

The Latino Institute, a program of the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is an alliance of individuals, government agencies, businesses and community organizations dedicated to ensuring the quality of life for all. Through a unique design that includes various special events and community outreach, the Institute seeks to present lectures, panels, workshops, and/or multimedia presentations that will actively engage participants of all age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds in meaningful dialogue that contributes to the heart of our community.

Since its inception in 2000, the Latino Institute has successfully provided programs that truly celebrate inclusion. The Latino Institute reaches out not only to the Latino base of the city of Phoenix, but to its entire community. Through this outreach, the community receives value and respect, and is supported with information to enhance its quality of life.

The Executive Committee of the Latino Institute is grateful to the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department for having the foresight to grow and nurture this most valuable program. The Latino Institute continues to draw in other city departments, organizations, educators, schools, area agencies, volunteers and generous sponsors, allowing the program to be recognized as having an award-winning design.  It has been honored with the “Best of Phoenix” Latino Program from the New Times Magazine and Art Journal and the “Arizona Parks and Recreation Association” Outstanding Community Program.

2015 Events Calendar:


El Día de los Niños - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Location: Heritage Square Park, 113 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

View information flyer in Spanish and English.

Many nations throughout the world, especially those within the western hemisphere, celebrate "El Día de los Niños." This day is designed to honor children, who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Latino Institute produces this event and asks all in attendance to celebrate our country's most valuable asset - its youth.

"El Día de los Niños" festival is in its 15th year, with the 2014 event hosting over 5,000 children and educators who participated in activities provided by more than 50 organizations, exhibitors and educators. The event features a large entertainment stage as well as interactive booths with information about education, sports, science, games, arts and culture, and sponsor booths with give-a-ways. All programming has a youth theme. Arizona Science Center will put on a special feature titled "Be a Good Neighbor Day" - presented by PBS and Daniel the Tiger!

Download El Dia De Los Niños School Application        

Download El Dia De Los Niños Exhibitor/Table Application    


Ready, Set…Phoenix Kids Get Fit! - Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Maryvale Community Center, 4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031

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The city of Phoenix LatiDia De los Niños Children 2013no Institute challenges all kids in Phoenix to Get Fit for School! Come out for a healthy and a fun filled day!

Are you a fit kid? Or do you want to be? Then join the city of Phoenix Latino Institute and its community partners who are joining together to bring out games, healthy programs, nutrition information, sports, kick ball, obstacle courses and more to get kids and families ready to get back to school in a big way.

Free immunizations, health checks ups, dental checks, hearing, vision and oral health checkups, body mass readings, haircuts and more. This is a healthy fun-filled day for youth and their families. The first 2,000 kids to participate get a free "I am a 2015 Get Fit Phoenix Kid!" t-shirt and wristband. Wear it proudly. So what are you waiting for? Ready, Set...Phoenix Kids Get Fit!


Those interested in becoming a partner or presenter or setting up an information table, booth or sponsorship should contact Tyler McIntosh at 602-262-7442 or Carmela Ramirez at 602-262-7424 or e-mail: or

Download Ready, Set...Phoenix Kids Get Fit Booth/Exhibitor Application   

Eight Arizona PBS and Latino Institute Presents: "American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen"
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

PBS American Graduate Day 2015 in Phoenix will showcase communities, educators and champions from across the Valley who are committed to tackling the nation's dropout crisis and helping more students earn a high school diploma. On September 26, local public media stations across the nation will showcase eight hours worth of coverage addressing a number of topics such as early education, mentoring, career readiness and college preparation, after-school programs and dropout re-engagement.

Join Eight Education PBS and the city of Phoenix Latino Institute as they host a local American Graduate College and Career Fair at Civic Space Park. Featuring eight hours of live streaming of the National PBS American Graduate, outreach education sessions, guest speakers, a job fair, community colleges, universities, agencies, organizations, local artists and performers all coming together to support youth and increase their chances of graduation.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Individually, people can make an impact, however, working together, we can move mountains! Please join us. For information regarding Latino Institute or any of its events, contact Carmela Ramirez by phone at 602 -262-7424 or via e-mail at

 Back to School Health Fair Lunchadores

Kids learn about healthy eating habits from the "Lunchadores"