Join the Movement! – LULAC – La Voz de la Comunidad
Annually, LULAC engages its network of 135,000 community volunteers, 900 local councils, 56 community technology centers and 14 LULAC National Educational Service Centers to empower Hispanic families through direct service programs and advocacy in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. If your council is interested in supporting LULAC’s programs in civic engagement, civil rights, economic empowerment, education, health, housing, immigration, public service or technology please contact the LULAC National Office at 202-833-6130.
LULAC PROGRAM INITIATIVES
LULAC Leadership Initiative: The LULAC Leadership Initiative is an ambitious project to revitalize Hispanic neighborhoods from within by creating a nationwide network of innovative grassroots service programs in over 800 Hispanic communities served by LULAC Councils. The project will identify best practices, publish a model program guide, and provide organization and training through ten regional offices.
LULAC Convention: The annual LULAC National Convention convenes the LULAC membership in a week-long event consisting of workshops, exhibits, banquets, the election of LULAC’s national officers, and a general assembly to set the organization’s priorities and establish its positions on issues of critical concern to the Hispanic community. Topics at the convention include education, women’s issues, employment, federal workshops, leadership, health, small business development, and corporate relations.
LULAC National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala: The LULAC National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala bring together members of the U.S. Congress, the LULAC membership, business leaders, and community advocates in Washington, D.C. during February or March. This three-day policy conference consist of: advocacy visits with Members of Congress and Federal agency heads and formal banquet highlights national policy issues that are having an impact on the Hispanic community. The goal of the legislative conference is to mobilize LULAC’s current agenda to help the Hispanic community.
LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology Initiative: This network of 60 community technology centers provides free broadband access and computer-related training to students, parents, and low income individuals. The emphasis is to empower those without access to the internet by providing that access and training them on using computers and the internet to do school work, college and financial aid searches, job training, job-searches, managing money, English language courses, and citizenship preparation courses.
LULAC Parent Involvement Initiative: The LULAC National Office works with local LULAC councils to host Education Reform & Advocacy seminars throughout the United States. LULAC develops field teams, of parent and community advocates, and the expertise gained from the training sessions builds the knowledge base of these field teams to better advocate for access to equitable education at the local, state, and federal levels. LULAC’s seasoned Education Policy team also leads education reform in the Washington, D.C. Policy community and co-chairs the Hispanic Education Coalition. Educating parents to be knowledgeable is an efficient approach to promote higher education for the young generation.
LULAC’s ¡Adelante! America Youth Leadership Program: This leadership development program for underserved youth encourages participants to conduct community service projects, meet with positive role models and explore alternatives to violence and crime. The program works with Latino youth to cultivate optimism, build resilience, and improve academic skills with the goal of successful high school completion. Mentoring programs are crucial to help motivate youth that reside underrepresented communities. Currently programs operate during the school year in select cities including: Chicago, El Paso, Holland, Hollister, Los Angeles, Pueblo, South Bend, Toledo, Tucson, and Wallingford.
LULAC National Housing Services: The LULAC Housing initiative raises the level of understanding and awareness regarding housing issues. LULAC promotes home ownership and foreclosure awareness among Hispanic Americans and advocates for more responsive housing legislation and regulations with the regard to the Hispanic community. LULAC conducts bilingual homeownership and foreclosure prevention and intervention seminars to educate Latino homeowners.
LULAC Financial Literacy Project: This project provides training to Hispanic consumers about how to manage their finances and make prudent purchasing decisions. The project develops model training programs for helping members of the fastest growing consumer market to make wise financial decisions. LULAC utilizes a variety of bilingual training material and webinar training programs to equip local grassroots leaders with the tools needed to execute the financial literacy workshops in their communities.
Latinos Living Healthy: The LULAC National Office advocates for policies and legislation, training, and public health education programs that improve the physical, behavioral, and mental health and well-being of Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico. LULAC has partnered with leading national Latino organizations in the Latinos United for Health Care campaign to advocate for significant reform that increases access to affordable, quality health coverage for all and makes significant progress in eliminating health disparities. LULAC’s health initiatives focus on health issues that affect Hispanics in higher percentages than the general population including insurance, prescription drugs, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and AIDS. LULAC’s awareness programs and community health festivals educate Latino communities on health and wellness, promote physical activity and fitness, and feature health screenings.
Immigration & Citizenship: LULAC will be developing a national immigration and citizenship program to assists individuals applying for U.S citizenship to complete their applications and to place them in citizenship classes. The program will utilize an 800 number for interested individuals to call for assistance and referral. The program will also works closely with LULAC councils throughout the country to provide outreach to the immigrant community and set up citizenship and English classes when needed.
LULAC Democracy Initiative: LULAC’s civic engagement initiative seeks to grow the understanding of the long-term connection between positive public policy, civic participation, and voting on Latino communities through issues advocacy thereby strengthening democratic participation in the United States. Civic engagement programs include: English language instruction, civic literacy courses, non-partisan voter registration efforts, and civic participation training. A series of issue-based and educational workshops equip participants with comprehensive advocacy training, skills to engage their local, state, and national elected officials and interact with the media in order to increase their capacity as effective advocates for underserved Latino communities.
U.S. Census Program: LULAC recognized the importance of the 2010 Census and worked with the Census Bureau to encourage all Latino/a residents to participate. The LULAC National Office collaborated with our councils and community-based non-profit partners to host informational workshops, to offer technical assistance to our local partners, and to provide walk-in support about the 2010 Census. We also connected local community members with regional Census Bureau offices, organized “how to fill out the census form” workshops and convened large-scale events to galvanize our community around the 2010 Census. True to our long tradition of collaboration, LULAC was a National Partner in the Ya Es Hora: ¡Hágase Contar! campaign and was an official National Partner of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Civil Rights Initiative: The National LULAC Civil Rights initiative raises the level of understanding and awareness regarding civil rights issues in education, housing, immigration, voting rights, employment, contracting, and lending opportunities. The LULAC Civil Rights project utilizes the LULAC Civil Rights Manual to host civil rights symposia which convene LULAC members, Hispanic civil right leaders, scholars, community members, government representatives and corporate representatives to develop strategies that advance the civil rights of Hispanic Americans.
Workforce Anti-Discrimination Education Campaign: LULAC conducts outreach and education workshops aimed at educating employers, potential victims of discrimination, and the general public about their rights and responsibilities under the Immigration and Nationality Act’s anti-discrimination and employer sanctions provisions. LULAC realizes that it is vital that the Latino community understands the laws that protect all work authorized individuals from national origin discrimination, unfair documentary practices relating to the employment eligibility verification process, and from employer retaliation.
Public Service: LULAC has developed partnerships with the Federal Government to encourage increased recruitment, hiring and promotion of Hispanics in the public sector. LULAC’s signature Federal Training Institute (FTI) at the annual LULAC National Convention is an intensive and structured career development program for government and public sector employees. In partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Development Center and the USDA Graduate School, the Federal Training Institute offers workshops and plenary sessions that enable mid- and senior level government employees to enhance their leadership skills and develop the Executive Core Qualifications required for entry to the Senior Executive Service. Each Friday of the week-long convention, the FTI Youth and Collegiate Federal Careers Exploration Forum offers a free fun-filled, day-long event that showcases Federal career and employment opportunities available to high school, college and university students.
LULAC Youth and Young Adult Leadership Programs: LULAC National is working to create LULAC Youth and Young Adult model curriculum that equips middle school, high school, college students and young professionals with the leadership and career development skills to become America’s next leaders. The curriculum will tailor to each group emphasizing community service, issue-based education, advocacy training, and skills to excel in education and career arenas. Additionally, it will provide resources on how to apply for scholarships, write personal statements, and apply for financial aid. Top LULAC youth from across the country will be selected and sponsored by LULAC Adult councils to attended one of three annual conferences—the Leadership Academy in Albuquerque, the LULAC Washington Youth Leadership Seminar in Washington, DC or the LULAC National Youth Convention.
LULAC Summer Youth Leadership Conference: In partnership with the University of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy, the LULAC Leadership Conference is a high school summer leadership camp that focuses on preparing young Latino students from across the United States as leaders for the future. Over two weeks, 50 students participate in educational events, seminars, and field trips investigating a selected group topic that students will write research reports and deliver final presentations. At our previous conference the theme consisted of “In the changing economy, what 'green jobs' are available for the Latina/o community?” brought to light critical issues affecting the U.S., encouraging the students to derive creative solutions for today’s ailing economy and energy crisis. The program exposes students to college academic and social life and the program’s application process equips students with the skills need to applying for a higher education degree.
Environmental Sustainability and Green Jobs Training: LULAC is developing youth leadership programs and advocacy training conferences focused on the important issues involving energy security and environmental sustainability. Additionally, LULAC has positioned its network of 880 councils and 60 community technology centers to forge partnerships for workforce training and placement in high growth and emerging industries, such as energy efficiency, renewable energy & health care. LULAC’s strategy includes recruitment, placement, and a national PSA campaign in collaboration with local and national partners.
LULAC’s 55+ Initiatives: At the National Office, LULAC strongly advocates for programs and legislation to protect the quality of life of Latino seniors, for fair cost housing, transportation for those with special needs, in homecare, employment opportunities, and the reduction of elderly abuse and fraud. LULAC seeks a reduction of costly prescription drugs and a streamlining of Medicare prescription drug coverage. At the local level, LULAC programs like Project Amistad, partner with social service programs for the elderly and adults with disabilities to combat abuse, neglect, and exploitation as well as to provide escort and transportation services primarily to and from medical appointments. Additionally, LULAC along with Pfizer Helpful Answers ® coordinate briefings local Latino neighborhoods on Pfizer’s prescription drug assistance program. The purpose of these public health briefings is to build community awareness of patient assistance programs that are available to the uninsured community and enrolling qualified community members into these programs.
LULAC’s Latina Leadership Initiative: empowers women from underserved Latino communities across the United States and Puerto Rico to raise their consciousness and enhance their ability to become leaders. The cutting edge culturally appropriate leadership development curriculum incorporates self-awareness, community service, social interaction, faith, cultural awareness, and advocacy training to improve the community well-being. Specific modules focus on issues such as health, education, “Beyond Budgeting - Investing in Your Financial Future,” career advancement skills, and domestic violence issues. The adaptable curriculum being developed is designed to be applicable in a variety of venues, including a 1-2 hours webinars, a day-long training, as well as modules that can be taught over a series of weeks. LULAC’s Leadership program enhances the continued training and learning opportunities that are offered to our volunteer members, community leaders, and non-profit partners.
Women’s Conference: The LULAC Women’s conference brings together women from across the country to develop leadership and employment programs for Hispanic women. The conference features workshops on conducting a job search, opportunities in higher education, advocacy training and Hispanic women’s health issues. In addition, it provides women’s engagement from across this country to raise their consciousness and enhance their ability to become leaders. We are very proud of the success this conference has achieved due to the commitment of the Women’s Commission and the generosity of our corporate partners
LULAC National Veterans Summit: LULAC’s Veterans Summit draws participants to address issues of critical importance to U.S. veterans and their families. You can expect to hear from high-ranking government officials, political leaders, government experts, local elected officials, and respected business and community leaders. Seminars and workshops will feature expert panelists addressing the issues that affect our veterans the most, including access to benefits, education and employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and healthcare. In addition, the summit will feature workshops for students seeking information about civilian and military career opportunities.
LULAC News: LULAC publishes a semi-monthly magazine to keep the LULAC membership informed of the organization’s activities and to highlight the successes of the organization. In addition, the LULAC NEWS carries national and regional information about issues of importance to the Hispanic community. The magazine is mailed to all LULAC members and to other influential individuals.
LULAC E-Memberships: A free of charge membership that allows individuals to receive e-mails from the LULAC National Office for updates on current events, issues, legislation and helpful information to create awareness on crucial issues that impact Latinos.
LULAC National Update: A weekly e-newsletter produced by the Community Relations and Policy departments, with policy updates, program updates, national events, and news articles; e-mailed to all e-members every Wednesday. Please be sure to encourage all of your councils to become e-members in order to receive regular updates from the LULAC National Office. You can register free of charge at the LULAC National website.
Online LULAC Calendar: A quick reference tool to view upcoming LULAC National and Local events, particularly as members Most importantly, the Online Calendar is a convenient way for all LULAC members to view their events online as part of the National LULAC calendar, instead of isolated activities spread out across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Anyone will be able to view all of our great programs and annual events online at any given time. The Online Calendar is updated daily. To submit your local, district or state event, please visit http://www.LULAC.org/events. Within two business days, a personalized web link will be sent to you; this assist LULAC council who do not have their own website for their LULAC events.
Facebook and Twitter: LULAC encourages all LULAC members to follow LULAC National through these sites.
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National Office—Washington, DC: LULAC has established a permanent national office in Washington, D.C. with a full time staff. This office coordinates implementation of LULAC's programs, impacts policy and legislation at the national level, and handles the day to day administration of the national organization. The staff also compiles issue briefs to keep the LULAC membership informed of important national legislative and policy initiatives.
Executive Office—San Antonio, TX: The LULAC Executive Office houses the LULAC National President and staff. This office coordinates the National President's agenda, handles meetings, and coordinates LULAC activities.
LULAC State Offices—Austin, TX; Sacramento, CA: The LULAC state offices advocate for the Hispanic community at the state level and handle constituency requests within the state. Our goal is to establish offices in LULAC’s six geographical regions in order to expand our direct service programs offered.
Educational Centers: The LULAC National Educational Service Centers seventeen-site network of counseling centers assists eligible youth to continue in and graduate from high schools and enroll in institutions of higher learning. On an annual basis, LNESC enrolls over 18,000 youth into its comprehensive educational programs and provides assistance to approximately 5% of all Hispanic students enrolling in college.
LNESC MODEL Programs: MODEL stands for Mentoring Opens Doors for Emerging Leaders, and that is this programs mission. The program serves students in fourth through eighth grade by matching them with a volunteer mentor who they meet with on a weekly basis to provide life skills workshops and field trip opportunities after school throughout the week. Currently serves 700 students in: San Francisco, Pomona, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, and Puerto Rico.
LNESC Upward Bound Programs: The goals of Upward Bound center around college preparedness. The program serves ninth and tenth graders that are classified as low-income or potential first-generation college students. The academic year component consists of instruction at the school site and a local community college while the summer component is a six-week summer camp at a local college campus. The program is administered in Albuquerque, Dallas, Houston, Miami, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Puerto Rico.
LULAC National Scholarship Fund: Managed and administered by LNESC, this scholarship program recognizes and rewards student achievement in the Hispanic community by awarding approximately a million dollars in scholarships each year. The program matches funds raised locally by LULAC councils with corporate dollars raised by LNESC to increase the impact of the scholarships.
Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program: The LNESC Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program develops the leadership skills of Hispanic youth through the observation and analysis of social, economic, and political issues and the leaders who deal with those issues. The program engages the participants in a leadership project within their own community. The program currently operates in the following 6 cities Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Pueblo, Miami, and El Paso.
LULAC Washington Youth Leadership Seminar: Administered by LNESC, this program is designed to provide students with an understanding of how our government works. Each October, 50 outstanding Hispanic high school juniors and seniors are selected to attend a three-day educational seminar in Washington, D.C. This seminar will provide critical thinking skills, exposure to political and cultural awareness, and exposure to what it is to be in the heart of politics, Washington, DC.
Young Readers: The Young Readers program encourages children to make reading a life-long habit. Twenty-five- thirty Kindergartens, first, and second graders meet twice weekly during the entire academic year. We use games, treats and prizes to help turn an educational experience into a fun activity kid. LNESC will implement the Young Readers program in approximately 30 cities in 2010.
Science Corps: The Science Corps program is designed to encourage Hispanic middle school students to increase their interest in the fields of mathematics and science. Twenty middle school students meet weekly during the school year with a science facilitator who involves them in entertaining science oriented activities, takes them on field trips to interesting places where they can see science in action and exposes them to role models in scientific fields. LNESC has implemented the Science Corps program in 6 cities across the U.S.