LULAC National Youth - Changing the Nation, One Project at a Time

By Andres Rodriguez on 04/27/2011 @ 04:41 PM

Tags: youth, Andres Rodriguez

As National L.U.L.A.C. Youth Vice President for the Far West Region, I find it an honor to be a part of our youth’s leaders and represent L.U.L.A.C. on a national level. As the National Youth Board approaches the second meeting of the 2010-2011 year, many thoughts and future projects arise. We’ve recently launched a national fundraiser by selling “I LOVE LULAC” lanyards (www.LULAC.org/lanyard ) to the nation’s councils which would also benefit them as they can sell throughout their communities. Also, our National Historian and Director of Publicity, Sandra Jurado, is creating the National L.U.L.A.C. Youth blog (www.lulacyouth.tumblr.com). Future projects include philanthropic actions such as a monetary donation to the Red Cross in response to the Earthquake in Japan and a Baseball Bat and Glove Drive to distribute to children in Central and South American countries. We plan to help youth not only through these projects, but also through political action. We will be discussing creating a resolution on behalf of the important national issues, such as Bullying. Through types of action like this, we can stand up for those who can’t help themselves.

Preparing for the upcoming National Convention in Cincinnati has become a challenging, yet exciting task. As soon as one of the board members comes up with an idea for a workshop or activity, it is posted on the Facebook group page where all board members can receive and view the idea. For the upcoming convention, we have planned visits to Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati. A trip to the King’s Island amusement park is also planned in hopes of creating stronger bonds within our LULAC youth councils. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park may also spark the interests of many youth. It contains four sites- the Wright Cycle Company Complex, the Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Park, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar House. As we explore many of Cincinnati’s attractions that the youth would enjoy, we also hope that it can be taken in as educational experience. This is what we believe leading a nation of youth is all about – educating the Latino youth of America and encouraging all of us to share our knowledge with our communities.

For more information about the LULAC Youth, please visit www.LULAC.org/youth. Follow us @lulacyouth on Twitter!

Yours Truly,
Andres Rodriguez
National Vice President for the Far West Region

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