Tucked away in central Mexico is a UNESCO world heritage site, San Miguel de Allende. This beautiful town is a favorite of travelers and artists, but since 1981 it has also been the home of the Center for the Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende, known as CASA. Established by a visionary couple, Nadine Goodman and Alejandro Gonzalez Rullan, with a mission to reach out to at-risk adolescents, CASA has become an internationally recognized organization – an inspiring model for comprehensive community-based services in any part of the world.
CASA includes a maternity hospital where over 10,000 babies have been born, the first accredited Midwifery School in Mexico, a day care program, and extensive outreach to adolescents in remote, under-served villages. As impressive as the accomplishments are, the growth is just beginning. On the agenda are ongoing cooperation with the Mexican government to open public midwifery schools across the country, online training for professionals, the replication of the CASA community program in states across Mexico, and so much more.
New Yorkers for CASA is a group of women who live in New York City. We are passionate about CASA’s accomplishments. We see CASA as proof that providing adolescent women with healthy family planning options, medical services, and education is a sure path to economic improvement and personal empowerment.