Our mission is to help each professional love what they do.
Our vision is to multiply opportunities for success, for leaders, and agencies that serve those at a disadvantage.
Our Core Values
mano-Y-ola’s values define the culture we encourage, the standards we expect, and the principles that strengthen our team efforts. The five guiding principles of our team are:
We listen because we value every person and we are open to the possibility of change;
We share knowledge, information and experience with those who benefit;
We support a responsibility culture, not a blame culture;
We are motivated to enhance our capacity to satisfy the clients’ purpose and goals;
We focus on the job, not ego.
We have successfully supported organizations whose internal structures and systems resist implementation of programs that fall outside of their standard modus operandi.
We embrace and have put into action an “outside of the box” thinking that allows programs to develop and/or tailor their mission, vision and services to a changing demographic and community.
We leverage additional resources and opportunities that the organization has not identified and applied, allowing increased capacity for achieving success.
We are experienced in linking advocacy and service, allowing nonprofit organizations to gain credibility, stay relevant and acquire funding for expansion.
mano-Y-ola offers different fee schedules, which may include time commitment services or consulting contracts based on specific projects. Our rates take into consideration in-kind and matching needs of nonprofits.
Former and Current Clients & Partners
Over the past years we have worked with many diverse, interesting, and reputable companies whose services make a difference to people all over the world.
mano-Y-ola is a minority and female-owned consulting firm based in North Carolina with team members and offices in Mississippi, Puerto Rico, California, Texas, Louisiana, and the Netherlands. The company (formerly known as Nolo Consulting, LLC) was founded by Dr. Nolo Martinez (“Nolo”) in 2009 and is co-owned by Dr. Nolo Martinez and Maya McElrath, who have 45 years of combined experience in the fields of leadership, education, family services, social work, and community development. mano-Y-ola’s team is diverse in background, ranging from team members with experience in civic engagement, administration, the arts, communication and advertising, social work and case management, education, international relations, business administration and law, agricultural business, and agronomy.
mano-Y-ola’s focus areas are early childhood education programs, minority and immigrant farmer communities, and leadership development. Consulting services and programs include designing and completing comprehensive community assessments, effective strategic planning, grant evaluation, planning, and implementing outreach and advocacy activities. The company’s mission is to help each individual professional love what they do.
Early Childhood Education
Alabama Head Start Association
Alabama Head Start State Collaborative Office
Alexander County Head Start
Anderson County Schools Head Start Program
Arkansas Human Development Corporation
Asheville City Schools
Bethlehem Center of Charlotte
Breckenridge-Grayson Programs, Inc.
Brevard County Schools
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Central Kentucky Community Action Council
Childcare Resources. Inc.
Children and Families First
Children's Home Society of Florida
Choanoke Area Development Association
Clarksville-Montgomery Community Action Agency
Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative
Coahoma Opportunities, Inc.
Community Action Opportunities
Community Coordinated Care for Children
Community Development Institute (CDI)
Doña Ana County Head Start
Durham Head Start
Early Childhood Learning Services
Early Learning Coalition of Miami Dade
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project
Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc.
El Grito Head Start
Families and Communities Rising
Family Services, Inc.
Florida Head Start Association
GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission
Great Lakes Community Action Program
Guilford Child Development
Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
Jefferson County Public Schools Head Start
Kentucky Head Start Association
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council
Lake Cumberland Community Action
Louisiana Head Start Association
Lowndes County Board of Education
Martin County Community Action
Metropolitan Action Commission
Miami-Dade CAHSD HS/EHS
Mid-Cumberland Community Action
Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc.
Mississippi Head Start Association
Monroe County School District
Neighbors in Need Of Services, Inc.
North Carolina Head Start Association
North Carolina Head Start State Collaboration Office
North Florida Child Development
Oak Ridge Head Start Program
Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
Orange County Head Start
Person County Schools
Polk County Public Schools Head Start Program
Prince William County Public Schools
Putnam County Head Start BOE
Regional Consolidated Services
Save the Children, Arkansas
Save the Children, Louisiana
Sequatchie Valley HS
South Central Human Resource Agency
Tennessee Head Start Association
United Way of Miami-Dade
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency
Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency
Wake County Smart Start
West Las Vegas Head Start/Early Head Start
Agricultural, Non-Profit, and Other
Alcorn State University
Acción Hispana / Que Pasa
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Coalition for Prosperous Mississippi
Cone Health Foundation
Council of Chief State School Officers
Curtis Media Group
Kate B. Reynolds Foundation
LJ Conservation Matters, LLC
Mujeres de Isla
National Organization of Professional Hispanics
North Carolina Agromedicine Institute
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Piedmont Health Services
SCALE Summer Camp
Soil and Water Outcomes Fund
State of Guanajuato
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA NRCS State Office, California
USDA NRCS State Office, Florida
USDA NRCS State Office, Indiana
USDA NRCS State Office, Louisiana
USDA NRCS State Office, Mississippi
USDA NRCS State Office, North Carolina
USDA NRCS State Office, Oregon
USDA NRCS State Office, Puerto Rico
USDA NRCS State Office, Virginia
University of North Carolina in Greensboro
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaquez Campus
University of Puerto Rico, Utuado Campus
U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.
Victus Puerto Rico, Inc.
Welfare Reform Liaison Project, Inc.