Lupita Colmenero is the Co-Founder and Publisher of El Hispano News, a Spanish weekly newspaper with a distribution in the Dallas, TX area.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the newspaper in 2006, Colmenero founded Parents Step Ahead, Inc. (PSA) a nonprofit based in Dallas to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the personal and educational development of their children. , and works with school districts, community organizations and businesses to offer school-based programs for parents. More than 25,000 families have been served to date.
Colmenero chairs the board of PSA. She has been a board member of Jonathan’s Place, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and in 2005 became the first woman president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications.
She earned a degree in Social Work in Mexico City, and was a social worker in San Luis Potosi, Mexico for one year after graduating in 1984.
About Parents Step Ahead
Parents Step Ahead is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization with a mission “to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children.” The organization works in partnership with school districts, corporations and community organizations to offer a series of school-based programs for parents of all backgrounds throughout the school calendar year. Educators, motivational speakers, community volunteers and parenting experts present seminars on topics such as gang awareness, drug use prevention, underage drinking, computer literacy, Internet safety, raising kids with love and logic, and health and financial issues. Programs focus on ways parents and legal guardians can be involved in their child’s life and the difference their involvement can make.