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April 20, 2018

MANA de San Diego Accepts 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Washington, D.C.

MANA de San Diego accepted the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) in Washington, D.C. At today’s ceremony, FBI Director Christopher Wray presented the award to the organization’s President, Venus Molina, who accepted the award on behalf of MANA de San Diego.

Director’s Community Leadership Award

The DCLA was established in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts to prevent crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence, as well as to further law enforcement efforts in their communities. Each year, the special agent in charge of each of the FBI’s 56 field offices selects an honoree that has made a significant difference in their community.

San Diego’s 2017 DCLA Recipient: MANA de San Diego

MANA de San Diego, a national Latina organization established in 1987, has demonstrated outstanding contributions toward the prevention of youth involvement in crime, drugs, gangs, and violence. The organization empowers Latinas through hosting educational seminars, leadership conferences, networking meetings, and programs including the Hermanitas Youth Leadership Mentor Program (Hermanitas).

FBI Director Christopher Wray presents San Diego Division recipient MANA de San Diego (represented by Venus Molina) with the Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) at a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 20, 2018.

Director Christopher Wray with MANA de San Diego president Venus Molina. Select image for related material, including story and photos.

Hermanitas has served more than 800 at-risk girls ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old. The goal of the program is to elevate the potential of young women in the Hispanic community. The program features monthly educational programs, community service, and leadership seminars. Additional elements of the program include support in applying to college, financial aid, and scholarships. The MANA scholarship program has helped almost 450 young Latinas with financial assistance to make their dream of attending college a reality.

The success of this program is illustrated by the journey of current MANA President, Venus Molina. At the age of 12, Ms. Molina joined the very first Hermanitas class, where her connection to MANA began as a mentee. Today, Ms. Molina is the president of MANA and a leader in the San Diego community.

Special Agent in Charge John A. Brown and the San Diego Division of the FBI honor MANA de San Diego as a 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient and thank the organization for the significant contributions and service provided to the San Diego community.