About Us

In 1971, a small group of community leaders and volunteers observed decreasing graduation rates in the
Hispanic Community. To address this and other disparities, they formed Los Barrios de Amarillo.
Members focus on setting high expectations for students to help build a culture of success beyond high school. We provide mentorship, scholarships, academic access, and diversity of ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds among

We award $800 or $1000 in scholarships to students enrolling at a college or university of their choice.
Members provide mentor support to recipients during their freshman year. Los Barrios has a long-standing history of strong financial stewardship with a unique ability to provide non-
traditional methods of support and educational awareness to youth.

Our Mission
Los Barrios de Amarillo promotes leadership, higher education, career awareness and
professional development for all students in the Texas Panhandle.

Our Vision
A day when all Panhandle students are aware of their career options and have the means to
attain them.

In order to achieve our goals, Los Barrios de Amarillo partners with business & community sponsors to host:

• Monthly educational community meetings with a guest speaker
• Step Up to Success Middle and High School College & Career Conferences
• Step Up 2.0 (job shadowing day)• Annual Scholarship Graduate Banquet
• Red Hot Chili Pepper Racquetball Tournament
• Amarillo Education Foundation $10,000 gift card raffle provided by Toot ’n Totum
• Hispanic Heritage Luncheon & Recognition

Los Barrios de Amarillo maintains a diverse, open membership. Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly
noon meeting held on the 4th Wednesday every month at the Amarillo Wesley Community Center located at 1615 S. Roberts, Amarillo, TX 79107. A delicious and authentic Mexican food lunch will be available for $5 and guest speakers are scheduled to present information about their program, agency, events, or resource opportunities that benefit our community. Los Barrios de Amarillo is a 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization and all donations to Los Barrios are tax deductible.



Ana Lazoya
Ana Lozoya is a Senior Business Consultant for America's SBDC at WTAMU. She is also a past recipient of the Hispanic Women of the Year. When she is not helping small businesses or advocating for higher education she enjoys traveling and gardening.
Mary Bralley
vice president
Mary has worked in Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development for all her career. She is a community advocate supporting many organizations but her heart remains in promoting higher education for all students. Mary and her husband own Accord Commercial Realty and when they aren't working, they love spending time with their three grandsons.
Katy Parrish
Katy is a business professional with a focus in bettering the Amarillo and Panhandle communities. She is currently working as a Management Consultant for Communities Unlimited where she works with low-income businesses to help them thrive. Her passion is to help as many students achieve their dreams as possible.
Amy Taylor
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Tina Sisneros
Interim treasurer
Tina has been a member of Los Barrios de Amarillo since 2003.  She is a licensed social worker formerly employed at Amarillo ISD as a Parent Engagement Liaison at Caprock High School.  She is recently retired and remains closely involved with Los Barrios de Amarillo serving on the Executive Advisory team and co-chairing Step Up to Success.
Everyone is welcome to attend our weekly
noon meeting held at the Amarillo Wesley Community Center. A $5 lunch is available and special guest
speakers are scheduled to present information about their program, agency, events or resource opportunities
that benefit our community.