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AnnuAl RepoRt 2007–08

                        Serving Latino youth and their families
MiSSion   Our mission is to provide
opportunities for Latino youth
to believe in themselves and
reach their highest potential. We
accomplish this by reaching out to
youth and their families one at a
time, believing in them, treating
them with respect and dignity,
and working with our partners to
remove barriers to their success.

organizationaL vaLueS    We believe...
u   That young people come first
u   That every child has great potential
u   That youth deserve more than
    one chance
u   That society is enriched by
    cultural diversity
u   That to serve others is a privilege
    and requires excellence
Montgomery County, Maryland is home to over 130,000 Latinos,          programs and the positive effect on their families that you will
which constitutes the largest concentration in the entire state.      read about in this report. But our work is far from done. Our
The number of Latino children under the age of 18 comprises           data and experiences, along with those of other County
over 31 percent of the County’s Latino populations and is             stakeholders and partners, point to the long term benefits of
reflected in the growing number of public schools where Latino        reaching Latino youth with expanded PYD programming and
enrollment exceeds 50 percent.                                        family case management.

Families immigrating to the metropolitan Washington region from       To remain an organization worthy of serving County Latino
Latin America face complex challenges as they settle in to their      youth and their families, we continually make improvements in
new community. They struggle with family reunification issues,        Identity’s programs as we work toward improving their lives. As
varying degrees of English-language proficiency, differing levels     such, I am pleased to report that during 2007-08, working closely
of Spanish-language literacy and interrupted formal education,        with Identity’s management and staff, the Board developed and
low economic status and traumatic experiences with civil wars,        began implementing a new strategic plan to guide Identity’s
natural disasters and extreme hardship in their home countries.       work over the next five years beginning in 2009. Reinforcing our
Families are often separated for many years, with children            resolve to do our very best, we are deeply honored by several
remaining in their home countries because of immigration or           awards Identity received in 2008. Identity was recognized by the
economic barriers. When their children arrive in Montgomery           City of Gaithersburg with the “Outstanding Organization of the
County, they must become re-acquainted with families they no          Year” award and by the Gazette of Politics and Business which
longer know, often seeing little of parents who work multiple         ranked Identity 10th among its first annual P&B Exceptional
low-paying jobs to make ends meet. Simultaneously they need           53 List recognizing organizational growth, innovation and
to learn a new language, function in an unfamiliar culture and        community service among Maryland non-profits and businesses
attempt to fit in to their new community and school. Difficulties     in 2008. These achievements were only possible thanks to
can and do arise as these adolescents navigate the stresses and       the consistently outstanding services provided to the Latino
isolation of their new life.                                          community by all those associated with Identity. We thank them
                                                                      for their tireless dedication and commitment.
Now in its 10th year of operation Identity has grown to become
a key resource for Montgomery County’s immigrant Latino youth         We have accomplished much, and we have many challenges
who in trying to absorb their new circumstances are vulnerable to     ahead. On behalf of Identity’s Board of Directors, I invite you to
the risks associated with substance abuse, teen pregnancy, HIV,       work together with us in 2009 to harness community resources,
dropping out of school and involvement with gangs.                    educate County decision makers, and sustain innovative and
                                                                      collaborative programs that address the needs of the County’s
With a view toward improving their future and recognizing             Latino youth and their families. Improving the quality of their lives
the lack of data regarding this vulnerable population, in 2001,       will have a lasting impact in Montgomery County and Maryland
Identity obtained a federal grant to conduct the first ever needs     for years to come. Thank you.
assessment of County high school-age Latino youth, followed by
a second federally-funded assessment in 2002 of middle school
Latino youth and their families. Since then, Identity has continued
to collect data annually on current and emerging issues affecting
Latino youth. These invaluable data are used to continually
enhance Identity’s Positive Youth Development (PYD) programs.
Further, these assessments are widely distributed throughout the
County and have served to educate local public health officials,
service providers, and County policy makers with timely and
relevant data on the prevailing needs, risks and supportive factors
impacting Latino youth.
                                                                                                           J. Henry Montes, M.P.H.
We are deeply heartened by the changes and new confidence                                                  Chair of the Board
we see in each young person who has benefited from Identity’s
Dear FrienDS,

Inside the pages of this Annual Report we are proud to share            double our current space at 414 East Diamond Avenue. Soon
with you our work during 2007-2008 to engage, educate and               after the announcement of this gift, the architectural plans for
empower Montgomery County Latino youth through Positive                 the move and renovation were prepared at no cost to Identity
Youth Development (PYD), the foundation of Identity’s culturally        by Board member and architect Gabriel Romero, enabling us to
and linguistically competent youth and family-based initiatives.        move forward with this project.
PYD is a highly successful science-based approach to reaching
vulnerable adolescents, viewing them as assets to be nurtured           The renovation costs coupled with the funding needed for
rather than problems to be fixed. Focusing on the prevention            our core programs present new fund raising challenges—and
of behaviors before they occur, PYD incorporates all aspects            we think new fund raising opportunities—in 2009 as we mark
of young peoples’ lives—language, culture, families, schools,           Identity’s 10th anniversary.
peer groups and communities. Our goal is for youth to achieve
a sense of industry and competency, a feeling of connectedness          Please join us in building a strong foundation for Identity’s future
to others and to society, a sense of control over their life and a      work to bring positive change and hope to thousands of County
stable identity.                                                        Latino youth and their families. In so doing, we are proud to
                                                                        contribute to the productivity, strength and overall well-being of
The result is a powerful program that embraces Latino youth and         Montgomery County, a community that welcomes, supports and
facilitates their successful transition into adulthood by providing     celebrates the diverse gifts of all its residents.
them with knowledge, life skills, support, positive role models,
much-needed support, and a strong sense of community. Some
of our participants’ stories are told in this report, along with more
discussion about our PYD programs and highlights of Identity’s
recent accomplishments underscoring our advocacy and
leadership in the provision and development of opportunities
that help Latino youth achieve successful outcomes.

We gratefully acknowledge and thank each of our generous
individual donors, and foundation, government and corporate
funding partners whose support and encouragement have
made Identity’s achievements—and those of our fabulous
young people—possible.

Looking ahead to 2009, the economy’s downturn affects each                                                    Candace Kattar
one of us, but the hardships of recession will profoundly affect                                              Executive Director
low-income families in our communities. Anticipating this, Identity
will seek new ways to expand the impact of our programs, share
our expertise, and increase advocacy and community involvement
so the needs of vulnerable Latino youth in Montgomery County
are not overlooked.

Identity’s Board and staff engaged in a rigorous year-long
strategic planning process to build on its organizational strengths
in preparation for the coming year. As part of that process, we are
pleased to announce Identity’s plans to expand our main facility
in 2009 – to accommodate the additional training, meeting, and
after-school gathering spaces that our PYD programs require.
Our expansion has been made possible by the generous gift of                                                  Diego Uriburu
a 2,900 square foot 2-story house literally down the street from                                              Deputy Executive Director
Identity’s current headquarters. This fabulous gift will nearly
HigHLigHtS 2007-08
Over the course of the past school        preSent at tHe SeconD centraL            100 participating non-profits and
year, Identity staff members frequently   aMerican ForuM on vioLence               businesses from nine counties across
received invitations to share their       prevention , which took place in         the state for innovation, community
expertise and experiences with public     San Salvador, El Salvador, in            service and as a great place to work.
officials and the media, to participate   December 2007. They reported on
on numerous committees, to present        the progress of the Montgomery           tHe Leave no trace center For

at conferences and other meetings,        and Prince George’s Counties             environMentaL etHicS awarDeD

and also received recognition for their   Bi-county Anti-gang Initiative at the    StaFF MeMBer jaSon KLing witH a

and the organization’s work in various    Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center      FuLL ScHoLarSHip    to attend the Leave
ways. HigHLigHtS oF tHeSe activitieS      in Takoma Park. They represented         No Trace Master Educator training
anD awarDS are outlined below.            the only U.S. organization to speak      of the National Outdoor Leadership
                                          at the conference.                       School. He returned with the newest
With a grant from the Department of                                                cutting edge approaches to enhancing
Health and Human Services Office          StaFF MeMBer oLiver FajarDo waS          the impact of Identity’s Environmental
of Community Service, tHe BoarD           recognizeD For HiS LeaDerSHip            Stewardship Program on the lives of
anD StaFF LauncHeD a year-Long            roLe in Montgomery County’s              its Latino youth participants.
project to DeveLop a Five-year            21st Community Service Day
Strategic pLan (2009-2014)   which        with a certificate from the County       iDentity youtH Began participating

                                          Executive’s office.                      in “MixeD unity” MeetingS with the
was completed at the end of 2008,
ready for implementation in early                                                  Gandhi Brigade to raise awareness
                                          In April, tHe   city awarDeD iDentity    about youth violence in the County
2009. The process included in-depth
interviews with county leaders and
                                          tHe gaitHerSBurg environMentaL           after a 14-year old student was
                                          awarD for its participation in the       shot on a County transit bus in
agencies, service providers, youth
                                          “Team Up to Green Up” Program.           early November.
and their families, many of Identity’s
key collaborators and partners, and a     Staff member carLoS MeLLott              iDentity waS FeatureD in tHe
comprehensive review of all programs      receiveD an awarD      in May from the   waSHington oFFice on Latin
and evaluation data.                      Montgomery County Department             aMerica SpeciaL report “Daring to
                                          of Correction and Rehabilitation in      Care: Community-Based Responses
pLan announceD to Donate a
                                          appreciation of his work with            to Youth Gang Violence in Central
2-Story HouSe to iDentity.    This set
                                          Latino inmates at the Clarksburg         America and Central American
in motion enthusiastic planning for
                                          Correctional Facility.                   Immigrant Communities in the United
the much needed expansion of
Identity’s East Diamond Avenue                                                     States” which was released at a
                                          In June, canDace     Kattar gave a
headquarters building which occupies                                               November symposium in Washington.
                                          preSentation in atLanta at tHe
less than half of a large double lot.     nationaL youtH gang SyMpoSiuM            In December, Deputy Executive
Once Identity moves the house down        held by the Office of Juvenile Justice   Director Diego uriBuru,
the street to its new home, it will be    and Delinquency Prevention.              representing both Identity and the
renovated to provide ample space
                                                                                   Latino Health Steering Committee,
for after-school youth programs and       iDentity receiveD tHe outStanDing
                                                                                   preSenteD to tHe county counciL
activities, more meeting rooms and        organization oF tHe year awarD    from
                                                                                   on tHe “State oF Latino youtH”    in
several additional offices.               the City of Gaithersburg in September.
                                                                                   Montgomery County, sharing the
Identity’s Executive Director canDace     In September, tHe    gazette oF          results of Identity’s needs assessment
Kattar, togetHer witH tHe ForMer          poLiticS anD BuSineSS exceptionaL        conducted with over 1,000 high
MontgoMery county executive’S             53 prograM awarDeD iDentity              school-age Latino youth.
Latino LiaiSon, waS inviteD to            witH 10tH pLace,    among almost

                                                                                                                Highlights 3
Zoila describes having to raise her
boys “all alone until Identity came into
our lives. I don’t know what I would
have done without Identity. When
my sons are at Identity all my worries
disappear because I know they are
safe, involved in positive activities
and with adults who really care about
them. I am not alone anymore.”

                 Zoila Guadalupe Fuentes came to the U.S. in       programs. Victor graduated in June 2008
                 1990. She and her husband had four sons. In       from Gaithersburg High School and Identity
                 1997 her husband was tragically killed in an      held a surprise graduation party for him and
                 automobile accident while visiting relatives in   others in its backyard. Osmell is a member of
                 El Salvador, leaving her the sole provider to     Identity’s Youth Advisory Board and Rodrigo is
                 raise her children alone. Her three youngest      now an HIV Peer Educator. All three boys have
                 children, Victor, Osmell and Rodrigo, came to     participated in Identity’s HIKE ON activities.
                 Identity through its after-school programs at     The support and parental guidance Zoila has
                 Forest Oak Middle School and Gaithersburg         received through Identity, coupled with the
                 High School.                                      boys’ experiences and personal growth from
                                                                   Identity’s youth programs, have brought them
                 The “Fuentes brothers” are now a customary        closer together and made them stronger as a
                 sight at the Gaithersburg house which             family, something that is deeply affirming and
                 accommodates Identity’s main staff offices        a source of strength for each of them.
                 along with space for after-school youth

                                                                                                             Engage 5
Edward came to the U.S.
only two years ago. “I come
from a terrible place in
Honduras. Drugs and guns
were around me from the
age of five or six. I always
expected that those same
things were going to be part
of my life here. Identity gave
me the opportunity to have
a very different future.”

                 Edward Castellón is a sophomore at Albert          other Identity youth at a fall Community Forum
                 Einstein High School in Silver Spring. He          of the Board of Education to advocate for more
                 completed Identity’s after-school program and      funds for after-school programs. “It feels great
                 then became an HIV Peer Educator.                  to do something positive for the community. I
                                                                    think it’s important that people see how Latinos
                 As a Peer Educator, Edward helps “make             contribute to making this a better place to live.”
                 people feel comfortable talking about HIV and
                 AIDS and understand the importance of getting      Edward’s leadership training and work as
                 tested.” “We get trained very well. People are     an HIV Peer Educator has made him better
                 surprised with how much the Identity Peer          understand and appreciate the need to be well-
                 Educators know about HIV. I had one man say        prepared, whether it is to be certain he has all
                 to me, ‘Wow, a young person teaching me!’….        the information necessary to teach the public
                 “They are very surprised.”                         about HIV so he is ready for any questions
                                                                    they might have, in school, so that he has a
                 Edward is out on the street and at community       thorough understanding of the material well
                 health fairs all year round, helping to educate    in advance of a test or assignment, or in life,
                 the community on this important public health      so he is able to be more thoughtful about his
                 issue. Through Identity’s leadership training      decision-making and future plans.
                 program, he also prepared for and testified with

6 Educate
                                   “I want to help other Latino youth not
                                      feel afraid to speak out and to become
                                      more active in making a difference in our
                                      community. We need to help each other
                                      to be better prepared academically and
                                      to promote our Hispanic cultures with
                                      pride and not with shame. Identity meant
                                      everything to me…. It was the only
                                      program for Latinos in my school and I
                                      immediately felt comfortable there.”

Carmen Maria Centeno knows first-hand the          when she helped organize Northwood’s first
importance of advocacy and the power of            Hispanic Festival this year. She describes her
education. She is a senior at Northwood High       advocacy efforts with great pride as focusing
School in Silver Spring and was only 14 when       on “promoting the Hispanic culture and helping
she came to the U.S. with her mother and           other youth not to feel afraid.”
younger sister. They had fled El Salvador
fearing political persecution because of her       Carmen felt she had a privileged life in
mother’s work with the Universidad Centro          El Salvador and quickly learned that “Here in
Americana (UCA). Their case was handled by         the U.S. things are very different. You need
Attorney Michael Maggio and the family was         to work very hard to get ahead. My mother
granted asylum.                                    taught at a very prestigious university there,
                                                   but here she has had to take jobs cleaning
Carmen is now a participant in the Northwood       offices to support my sister and me.”
Wellness Center (an in-school collaboration
between Identity, Pride Youth Services and the     After graduating from high school, Carmen is
Family Support Center) and a member of its         hoping to obtain scholarship assistance that
Student Wellness Center Advocacy Team. After       would enable her to attend the University of
completing Identity’s after-school program in      Maryland in the fall of 2009.
her junior year, Carmen’s new confidence and
community building skills were put into practice

                                                                                                    Empower 9
our prograMS

positive Youth Development (pYD) is at the core of Identity’s mission and is the foundation of its multi-
layered programs detailed below. While many of these programs are described separately, they often
interconnect and are natural building blocks for further skill-building opportunities offered through Identity.

aFter-ScHooL anD in-ScHooL               strength of Positive Youth Development       social skills-building, with an emphasis on
prograMS Identity, working in            with a cultural and linguistic competency    teamwork, leadership development, goal
partnership with Montgomery County       that provides a welcoming and affirming      setting, conflict resolution and community-
Public Schools (MCPS), offers programs   setting for vulnerable youth, many of        building. Each program is concluded with
which complement the efforts being       whom have little supervision and structure   an intensive three-day retreat where the
made by the schools to improve Latino    in the afternoon after school. The 60 hour   youth reinforce the main concepts acquired
student academic achievements and        sessions, provided in nine County schools    during the year.
outcomes. Identity’s flagship after-     (high schools and middle schools) during
school program is evidence-based and     the 2007 – 2008 school year, reached         Identity implements the Latino Youth
stringently evaluated. It combines the   over 250 youth. The programs focused on      Wellness Program which serves Latino
                                                                                      youth and their families in Wheaton and
                                                                                      Gaithersburg. The program’s holistic
                                                                                      approach to wellness is culturally and
                                                                                      linguistically competent and addresses
                                                                                      emotional, social, mental, and physical
                                                                                      issues through the use of client-focused
                                                                                      wellness plans.

                                                                                      As part of a comprehensive effort to
                                                                                      improve language and academic skills
                                                                                      among immigrant youth so they can
                                                                                      succeed in school, Identity also provides a
                                                                                      twice weekly integration and social skills-
                                                                                      building curriculum for Latino students
                                                                                      at Gaithersburg High School who have
                                                                                      experienced interrupted education. This
                                                                                      program is offered during school hours
                                                                                      and the curriculum is complemented by
                                                                                      on-site mental health counseling and
                                                                                      case management support.

                                                                                      Evaluation results for Identity’s school-
                                                                                      based programs showed that following
                                                                                      their participation, youth felt more
                                                                                      connected to their schools, had improved
                                                                                      self esteem, improved nonviolent conflict
                                                                                      resolution and communication skills,
                                                                                      reduced incidence of depression, felt
                                                                                      they had caring adults they could go to for
                                                                                      support when needed and held a greater
                                                                                      belief in a positive future for themselves.

10 Programs
LeaDerSHip training anD                       Committee facilitated by the Collaboration     out to adolescent Latinos, and this year
aDvocacy Identity is committed to             Council to increase student involvement in     provided free counseling and testing
helping youth acquire the capability and      schools; testified at a City of Gaithersburg   to over 1,200 individuals at Identity’s
knowledge to articulate their perspective     Planning hearing; and testified before         Wheaton, Langley Park and Gaithersburg
on issues of importance to the community,     the County Council on the need for             sites, at the Montgomery County
thus helping to shape public opinion          programming for youth. The activities          Correctional Facility, at community
and learning valuable skills that they will   of Identity’s young advocates were             health fairs and through a mobile van
use throughout their lifetimes. Through       highlighted in the Gazette newspaper.          that is operated in the evenings.
Identity’s leadership training program                                                       Additionally, almost 200 Latino high
youth are given the tools to build, and the   Hiv prevention Latino HIV rates                school students successfully participated
opportunities to practice those leadership    continue to be higher than most                in a model skills-building and behavior
and advocacy skills. During the past          populations in the greater Washington          change program. Overall, Identity’s Peer
school year, Identity youth testified at      Metropolitan area and is of great concern,     Educators logged over 7,000 hours of
the Montgomery County Board of                thus HIV prevention is an important            community outreach around sexuality
Education Community Forums; took              component of Identity’s youth focus.           education and HIV prevention in the
part in the Youth Connectedness Steering      The HIV Prevention program reaches             Latino community.

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environMentaL StewarDSHip                   lessons on to others. Youth improve           parent anD FatHerHooD
anD outDoor prograM                         their teamwork and learn individual           prograMS Parent-child relationships
The HIKE ON program, launched with a        responsibility through day hikes, overnight   in many of the Latino families of the
grant from REI, whose continued support     camping and week-long backpacking trips.      youth with whom Identity works are
was matched this year by the Maximus        Almost 100 youth participated in the past     influenced by hardships resulting from
Foundation, is designed to give youth,      school year, with over 50 taking part in      political upheaval and violence, severe
often with little access to the natural     volunteer clean-up efforts that included      poverty, limited education, and language
environment, opportunities to explore and   the Carderock and Great Falls Cleanups        and cultural barriers. Identity believes
enjoy the outdoors responsibly.             for the C & O Canal Pride Days and the        that a stable family relationship is key to
The program also emphasizes minimizing      City of Gaithersburg’s “Team Up to Green      its work with youth. As a result, Identity
their impact on nature, understanding       Up” program for which they received the       offers parent and fatherhood programs
the value of community service and          Gaithersburg Environmental Award for          designed to enhance the parenting role of
learning to pass these important            their participation.                          Latino parents, strengthen and improve

12 Programs
family relationships, facilitate access           re-entry anD Support prograM                   area food banks to feed their children,
to supportive services for families, and          In an effort to reduce the recidivism          legal representation for immigration cases,
increase awareness about causes and               rates of incarcerated Latino youth who         health clinics for medical services, and
consequences of domestic violence.                are often dealing with multiple concerns       counselors for domestic violence issues.
The majority of the parents in the past year      associated with language, poverty, absence     Identity case managers partner closely
came from El Salvador. About one quarter          from school, drugs ,and gangs, Identity        with the County’s Department of Health
had lived in the U.S. for four years or less      spends two days per week on-site at            and Human Services and area nonprofits to
and almost half had only obtained a middle        the Montgomery County Correctional             link clients with needed services.
school education or lower. Over half of           Facility (MCCF) to help these youth
the parents had experienced a period of           regain the chance for a more positive and      Bilingual mental health services are also
separation from their children of at least        productive future. Identity’s staff provides   provided to support the youth and families
a year. Evaluation revealed that 100% of          valuable bilingual pre-placement support       in Identity’s programs. These services
participants felt their relationship with their   and orientation for new inmates, inmate        are offered on site at the Gaithersburg
children had improved as a result of the          support groups, case management services       headquarters, the Crossroads Youth
program, a strong contributing factor in the      and reentry planning and support services      Opportunity Center and Northwood High
success and well-being of Identity’s youth        to Latino inmates. In the 2007 – 2008          School. Common issues include abuse and
program participants.                             project year, 221 inmates received pre-        neglect, family separation and reunification,
                                                  placement orientation services, over 400       domestic violence and emotional traumas.
anti-gang initiative The alarming                 received case management services, and         Addressing these issues affords the
increase in gangs in Montgomery and               35 participated in the 45 weekly support       family a chance to heal and build on their
Prince George’s Counties prompted                 group sessions that were held throughout       collective strengths to make the transition
the Bi-county Gang Task Force to look             the year. Bilingual HIV counseling and         to their new country a success.
at ways to reduce gang involvement                testing were also provided. Identity’s staff
and gang violence. As part of that                coordinates with the MCCF counselors
initiative, Identity coordinates the gang         and officers, the County Pre Release
prevention activities for both counties           Center, the courts and parole officers and
at the Crossroads Youth Opportunity               is appreciated for the multiple services it
Center (CYOC) in Takoma Park at Langley           provides for Latinos at the facility. Upon
Crossroads. The Center provides mental            release from the Correctional Facility
health counseling, case management                inmates are also linked to services at the
services, a girls’ support group, social          Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center
skills building sessions, advocacy training,      where Identity continues their case
tattoo removal and supervised recreational        management and reentry support.
and social activities. The Center offers a
safe, supportive environment with caring          caSe ManageMent anD
knowledgeable adults where young people           MentaL HeaLtH Underpinning
are given the tools and support to resist         the network of Identity’s programs for
gang involvement and begin the process of         youth, case management and mental
turning their lives around. Over 325 youth        health services are often key to positive
have been served since the Center was             outcomes. Case management services
opened in the spring of 2007. Identity’s          are provided to families who are most
effective approach to gang prevention has         in need of support and referrals, and
garnered numerous requests to share its           Identity is frequently the first place they
experiences with others seeking solutions         turn to for help. During the past year
to this growing problem both in the U.S.          families were connected with housing
and Latin America.                                assistance to block home foreclosure,

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report oF giving in 2008
The following listings represent the wonderful generosity and                Listings include gifts and grants made or initiated in our 2008 fiscal
commitment of a wide variety of government agency, foundation,               year which operated from January 1- December 31, 2008, and
corporate and individual donors who provided critical support                include all donations honoring the memory of Michael Maggio.
for Identity’s vision of a just and equitable society that nurtures
all youth and is enriched by their contributions. We extend our              We have made every attempt to provide an accurate listing of all
deepest gratitude to each and every donor on behalf of the                   Identity’s donors who made a contribution in 2008. If there is an
youth and families whose lives we have touched because of                    error in your listing, please accept our sincere apologies and contact
this support.                                                                us at 301-963-5900 ext. 22 so that we may correct our records.

inDiviDuaLS                           Kathryn M. Doan and                   Candace Kattar                        Nicolas N. M. Ojeda
                                         Donald E. Kelly                    Tom and Deborah Kattar                Philomena Ojeda
Nadeen Al-Jijakli Abbass
                                      Judith R. Docca, Dr.                  Louise M. Kauffmann                   Cordel Okafor
Mary and Kamiel Abdoo
                                      James Donegan                         Frank Kendall, III and                Greg O’Neill
Charles Adkins-Blanch
                                      Alan Dranitzke                           Eva Elizabeth Halpern              Laura Ortiz
Niaz and Patricia Ahadyar
                                      Shelly Edwards                        Darra Klein                           Susan Park
Charles O. and Quillie Alexander
                                      Maria Gloria Elliott                  Catherine A. Kozub                    Christina J. Pitrelli
Stella Altadona
                                      Robert Fairfax                        Viviana Krsticevic                    Natalia V. Poliakova
                                      Jorge N. Fajardo                      E.A. and Paul Kurivchack              Leah R. Rampy
Teresa Arene
                                      Oliver Fajardo                        Ira J. Kurzban                        Margaret Randall and Barbara Byers
Angela Arico
                                      Daniel and Jessica Farber             Steven M. Ladik                       Francis S. and Denise S. Rath
William H. Arnold and
                                      Michael and Diane L. Farelli          Charles B. and Lucinda S. Landreth    Jessica Reid
   Elizabeth Wheaton
                                      Paul Felder                           Marie Laprocido                       Alexsandra Renner
Carlos Arrien
                                      Allison Ferguson                      Isiah Leggett and                     Jane Rocamora
Peter Asaad
                                      Carl A., III and Zakia K. Fiacchino       Catherine S. Leggett              Jorge Rodriguez
Dale Beck
                                      Sander I and Jo Fineman White         Karen F. Leotta                       Luis Rodriguez
Maurice Belanger
                                      Karen L. Fiorello                     John Lewin                            Michael F. Rogers
John Berry
                                      Sal and Marie I. Fiorello             Nancy Lewis                           Susan and Henry Rose
Juliet Bistany
                                      John E. Ford                          Maria T. Leyva                        Mark D. Rosenthal
Daniel Blumenthal
                                      Kathy A. Ford                         Toy Lim                               Sharryn E. Ross and
Michael Bolognese
                                      Angela Franco                         Farrell Lines                           Jonathan G. Truslow
Joan M. Bondareff
                                      Robert M. Friedman and                Alvaro Llanos                         Edna and Peter Runfolo
Karen N. Bowman
                                        Claudia Comins                      Abbe Lowell                           Elena and Jon Saboe
Shirley Brandman
                                      Stephen and Sharon Friedman           Michael F. Macleod                    Martha Saenz
Philip Brenner
                                      Denise Gagliardi                      Michael L. and Judith M. Mael         Timothy Sanders
Yanitza Brignoni
                                      Josephine Gagliardi and               Peter James Maggio                    Lilian Santos-Caballero
Alison Brown                             Harley W. Young                    James and Susan Matour                Jeff Schilling
Laura Bruno                           Steven F. and Darcy J. Garfinkel      Stuart and Fabiana Matthews           Suzanne Seltzer
Zaira Bruno                           Jill Gay                              Joyce McClay                          Lauren Sigurdson
Craig and Sandra Burguess             Norman William Gholson                Timothy I. McFeeley                   Howard Silverman
Headmaster and                        Denise Gilman                         Erin McGaughey                        Stephen R. Simon
  Mrs. James M. Byer
                                      Michael Goldman                       Elizabeth McGrail                     John A. Slettebak & Graciela Jaschek
Renee Canfield
                                      Gloria and Michael V. Goldman         Tina McKendree                        Ryan Spiegel
Crystal Carr
                                      Nina Gorman                           Elizabeth McMeekin and                Christel Steinvorth
Laura Casillas
                                      David Grasso                              Philip Moses                      Lois Stoner
Olga Casillas
                                      Adam Green                            Samuel McNamee                        Kay Stubbs and Reninaldo
Anabel Castillo and Patricia Lowry
                                      Ken Greiff                            Nancy-Jo Merritt                        Jose Diaz
Leonard Cavalier
                                      Sandra Grossman                       Gary N. Merson                        Marta Suquet
Sophia S. Chan
                                      Anne K. Guisini                       Barbara A. Miller and Vahid Alavian   Rick Swartz and Jeanette Noltenius
Clare Cherkasky
                                      Robert Guitteau, Jr.                  Layli and Gilbert S. Miller-Muro      Leslie Swartzwelder
Ines Lucia Cifuentes
                                      Luis and Gladys Gutierrez             Emily Millington                      Robert Tate
Jeanne Cohen
                                      Clarence Herbert                      Christian J. Mixter and               Nancy Taylor Shivers
Emanuel Coutolakis and                                                        Linna M. Barnes
                                      Barbara Hines                                                               Jeffrey S. Tenen
  Judith Alvarez
                                      Shigeru Honda                         Harry Moffitt                         Ernie Thompson
Robert Cowdrey
                                      Luis Hurtado                          Julia A. Monk                         Erica Tokar
Maria Stella Dabancens-Gandara
                                      Arva Jackson                          J. Henry Montes                       Rebeca Torres Valentin
Joanna and Mark Davis
                                      Lawrence Jacobs                       Liliana Moreno                        Diego Uriburu
Stephen Davis and Joan Mauer
                                      Charles Kamasaki                      Lynne R. Newkofsky                    Jorge Urrutia
Adoniran De Barros Braga
                                      Ann Kanter                            George S. Newman                      Janine Vanisko Russo
Dino J. and Elizabeth M. De Consini
                                      Dominique Kaschak                     Peter L. Nimkoff                      Angel Varela
Marianela Del Pino-Rivera

14 Financials
Diana Vellos Coker and                          Mental Health Association of                    Foundation for the National                  Mental Health Association of
   Oluwole Coker                                  Montgomery County                               Capital Region                               Maryland, Inc.
Josephine G. Viviani                            Montgomery Alliance for                                                                      Microstrategy Incorporated
Andrew Wasserman                                  Community Giving                              corporationS                                 Mid Atlantic Avatar
Deborah Weinberger                              Montgomery County                                                                            MSI Universal, Inc.
                                                                                                anD BuSineSSeS
Kenneth D. and Beatrice Weiss                     Community Foundation                                                                       Plans and Solutions, Inc
Beth Werlin                                     Montgomery County Department                    Ariel Cohen and Associates                   Priscilla Labovitz, Attorney at Law
Grant and Doreen Whittaker                        of Correction and Rehabilitation              Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC                     Rick Schwartz and Associates, Inc.
Phillip T. Williams                             Montgomery County Department                    Berry,Appleman & Leiden, LLP                 Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC
                                                  of Health and Human Services                  CATCH, Inc.
Marshall Wollman                                                                                                                             Ross, Silverman & Levy, LLP
                                                Montgomery County Public Schools                Cookie Lee Jewelry Consultant
Anny Wong and Sara J. Banaszak                                                                                                               T.R. Klein & Company
                                                National Women’s Law Center                     Early, Cassidy & Schilling
Richard N. and Teresa R. Wright                                                                                                              The Hun School of Princeton
                                                Nonprofit Montgomery                            Emerson Electric Co. Charitable Trust
Adria Zeldin                                                                                                                                 The Law Offices of Romney
                                                Office of Community Services,                   Emerson Network Power                          Wright, PC
Carol Zullo
                                                   Administration for Children                  Faulkner and Associates, LLC                 Westat, Inc.
                                                   and Families (DHHS)                          Four Seasons Hotel
FounDationS,                                                                                                                                 Xialing Liu’s Wudang
                                                Office of Family Assistance,                    Gala, Inc. Hispanic Theatre                     Martial Arts, Inc.
organizationS anD                                  Administration for Children                  Gallagher,Malloy & Georges,P.C.
governMent agencieS                                and Families (DHHS)
                                                                                                George R.A. Doumar, PLLC
                                                Philip L. Graham Fund                                                                        in-KinD DonationS
Amnesty International                                                                           Holland and Knight, LLP Community
                                                Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)                                                           anD ServiceS
Humanities Council of                                                                             Services Team
                                                Richard E. and Nancy P.                         International Network of Boutique            Dr. Michael Bolognese
  Montgomery County
                                                   Marriott Foundation                             Law Firms, Wash., D.C. Chapter            Kerry Christenfeld
Centers for Disease Control
                                                Substance Abuse and Mental Health               Jackson & Hertogs,LLP                        Jim Clifford, Esquire
  and Prevention
                                                  Services Administration
CFC Global Impact                                                                               Kanter Immigration Law Office                COMPASS
                                                Tahirih Justice Center
City of Gaithersburg                                                                            Larrabee Mehman Albi & Coker, LLP            City of Gaithersburg
                                                The Community Foundation for
Commonweal Foundation, Inc.                                                                     Law Offices of Michael J. Boyle              Dr. Pablo Gutman
                                                  the National Capital Region
Corina Higginson Trust                                                                          Law Offices of Sheila Starkey                Macris, Hendricks and Glascock, PA
                                                The Irene Diamond Fund
Eugene and Agnes E.                                                                               Hahn, P.C.                                 Maggio & Kattar, PC
                                                The Morris & Gwendolyn
  Meyer Foundation                                                                              Levitt & Needleman, P.C.                     Montgomery College, Workforce
                                                  Cafritz Foundation
Gannett Foundation                                                                              Lichtman, Trister & Ross, PLLC                 Development & Continuing Ed.
                                                Tides Foundation
Leave No Trace Center for                                                                       Liotta, Dranitzke and Engel, LLP             Irene Owsley Photography
                                                Urban Institute
  Outdoor Ethics                                                                                Lynne R. Newkofsky,                          RKtects Studio, Inc.
                                                Wachovia Foundation
Mattel Children’s Foundation                                                                       Attorney-at-Law                           Shapiro & Duncan
                                                Washington AIDS Partnership
Maximus Foundation                                                                              Margaret W. Wong & Assoc.                    Taproot Foundation
                                                Washington Office on Latin America                Co., LPA
Mead Family Foundation
                                                Weiss Fagen Fund of the Community

                                     revenueS*                                                                                       expenSeS*
                           january 1–December 31, 2007                                                                    january 1–December 31, 2007
                                    $2,515,800                                                                                     $2,452,500

                                       10% Foundations, Corporations, CFC & Individual Donors                                           88% Program and Services
    2% City of Gaithersburg

     4% Montgomery
                                                                           32% Federal Government
 County Public Schools

49% Local Government
                                                                             3% Maryland State

                                                                                                                                                                     3% Development
*Please note that the financial information presented in this report is based on Identity’s fiscal year 2007 audited finances (January 1–
 December 31, 2007). Due to the nature of the annual audit, some grants that are received and spent over more than one fiscal year                   9% Management and General
 are only partially represented in the expenses and revenues of the 2007 audit year. As a result, some funding sources and expenses
 above may not represent the total amount of a particular grant covering activities that fall into Identity’s subsequent fiscal year.
              BoarD oF
              DirectorS 2008
              *Organizations listed for
               identification purposes only

              j. Henry Montes, M.p.H., chair
              *Co-Chair, Montgomery
              County Executive’s Latin
              American Advisory Group

              Kenneth D. weiss, vice chair
              *Plans and Solutions, Inc.

              angela Franco, treasurer
              *Branch Banking and Trust

              Steve Simon, Secretary
              *Montgomery County
              Public Schools

              Fernanda trotta Bianchi, ph.D.
              *George Washington University

              jesus Hidalgo
              *Miller & Long
              Concrete Construction

              gabriel romero
              *RKtects Studio, Inc.

              teresa wright
              *Montgomery County
              Public Schools

              Senior ManageMent
              StaFF 2008
              candace Kattar, j.D., r.n.
              Executive Director

              Diego uriburu, M.S.
              Deputy Executive Director

              enid gonzalez aleman, j.D.
              Development Director

              Kati regan, M.a.
              Interim Program Director

              Marcia Simoes, M.a., ph.D. cand.
              Director of Research and

16 Identity
                                                     in MeMoriaM
p R I n t e R : D o n A l D b lY l e R o F F s e t

                                                     Identity lost one of its earliest and most loyal advocates
                                                     when Michael Maggio, husband of executive Director
                                                     Candace Kattar and renowned immigration lawyer, lost his
                                                     battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma on February 10, 2008.

                                                     Michael began practicing immigration law in 1978 and with
                                                     Candace, founded Maggio and Kattar, p.C. in Washington,
                                                     DC. Michael’s broad expertise, relentless energy, informed
                                                     activism, high standards and professionalism and profound
                                                     commitment to justice and freedom significantly advanced
                                                     the field of immigration law and immigrant rights during
                                                     his lifetime.
D e s I g n : C AtA l o n e D e s I g n C o .

                                                     Michael believed in the potential of young people and
                                                     throughout his life he never passed up an opportunity to
                                                     love, support, nurture, and develop life-long close friendships
                                                     with numerous children of friends and clients. When Candace
                                                     left the practice to co-found Identity in 1998, Michael saw
                                                     the exciting potential in the organization’s work on behalf
                                                     of latino youth and in addition to his sage advice on
                                                     organizational issues and financial contributions, he freely
                                                     offered the pro bono legal services of Maggio and Kattar
                                                     on an as-needed basis assisting families, as well as staff in
                                                     whatever way he could. Michael, as always, went further
p H o t o g R A p H Y: I R e n e o W s l e Y

                                                     when the need warranted, for example, he paid the rent
                                                     for a boy Identity was working with who had successfully
                                                     separated from a gang and needed a place to live while
                                                     reestablishing a normal life.

                                                     All of us at Identity will deeply miss Michael’s passion for
                                                     life, family, friends, young people and human rights and
                                                     all that he did for Identity and those associated with this
                                                     organization. We will honor his memory and life’s work by
                                                     striving for excellence and justice in everything that we do.

                                        Montgomery County

                           Germantown                Village



                 PROGRAM LOCATIONS
                                                                           Silver Spring
                                                                                      Takoma Park

                                     oFFiceS                               prograM LocationS
                                     identity Headquarters                 Albert einstein High school
                                     414 East Diamond Avenue
                                                                           gaithersburg High school
                                     Gaithersburg, MD 20877
                                     (301) 963-5900                        Highland elementary school
Serving Latino youth
                                     (301) 963-3621 fax                    neelsville Middle school
and their families                                newport Mill Middle school

                                     wheaton office                        parkland Middle school
                                     11141 Georgia Avenue, #A31            Roberto Clemente Middle school
                                     Wheaton, MD 20902
                                                                           Watkins Mill High school
                                     (301) 933-7304
                                                                           Wheaton High school
                                     youth opportunity center
                                                                           Montgomery County
                                     7676 New Hampshire Avenue, #411
                                                                             Correctional Facility
                                     Takoma Park, MD 20912
                                     (301) 422-1270

                                     wellness center
                                     northwood High School
                                     919 University Boulevard
                                     Silver Spring, MD 20901
                                     (301) 649-8550
                                     (301) 649-8595 fax

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