Adult Leadership Program

When do I become a leader? If you have ever said, “I care about my community” or “What can I do to help my community?” then you are already a leader. These trainings are designed to give you tools to understand how community decisions are made and how community, social and political systems work. The training will teach you how to engage with and play a part in the greater community. The program cycle runs for one year, but our goal is for you to acquire skills that will motivate you to speak up, participate and be an active advocate for your community. This training will empower you to be La Voz (The Voice) of your community.

Program Details

Objective: To become an advocate for your community by learning about how our health and education systems work and to actively participate in community decisions that will help promote positive health and education outcomes for Latino children and their families.

Trainings: We will let you know as training opportunities or leadership workshops are available. If you find trainings that are not in our calendar, talk to us, and if it fits into the objectives of the program, we may be able to count it towards your requirements.

Expectations:

  • Be an active member of La Voz
  • Make every effort to attend meetings and contribute to the development of policy and active participation in La Voz projects
  • Be a good role model for your community
  • Keep your commitments. If your schedule changes and you must miss a meeting or event you agreed to attend, please let us know as soon as possible
  • Learn as much as you can, meet your community and neighbors and more importantly, have fun!

Graduation Requirements: You will graduate from the program once you complete the following requirements within one year of starting the program:

  • Attend at least 6 La Voz community meetings
  • Attend 6 days of trainings and/or workshops
  • Complete 20 hours of volunteer service with LCHC
  • At least 2 one-on-one meetings with LCHC staff to discuss your goals and plans relating to the program and beyond
  • Attend at least 1 city council meeting
  • Attend at least 1 community forum or focus group

In addition to these requirements, we believe it is important to improve your English abilities. We strongly encourage all participants to enroll in English classes.

For more information, contact Jorge Gutierrez at (503) 325-4547, jorge@lchispaniccouncil.org


La Voz de la Comunidad

“The Voice of the Community” is your opportunity to become active and engage in activities to help make positive changes in your community! The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the LCHC office.

Each meeting starts with a short presentation by a community leader or policy maker from a local government, social services or education agency. The meeting provides a platform for the Hispanic community to learn how our local institutions work while at the same time providing direct input that helps influence local policies.

The group actively assists LCHC by helping to identify priorities and needs. In response, we design programs and services that result in greater outcomes.

For more information, contact Jorge Gutiérrez or Maritza Beltrán at (503) 325-4547.


Youth Leadership/La Cima Lower Columbia


La Cima Lower Columbia is a bilingual leadership camp for Latino high school students (9th-11th grade) in Clatsop, Tillamook and Pacific County. La Cima is not a language camp. This camp is designed for Latino high school students who wish to make a positive difference in their schools and communities.

La Cima was officially established in Washington, in 2003. To develop the skills of Latino students and at the same time improve the school environment. La Cima began with 14 students in its first year and in 2016 it served 115 delegates. In spring 2017, it was the first year that La Cima was present in the state of Oregon, and we served 19 Latino students. Our goal is to continue to involve the Latino youth in leadership roles in their personal and school lives. We hope we are able to offer La Cima LC every year and reach more Latino students in the north coast.

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