Latino Community Fund of Washington Programs
The first-ever Washington Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy brought together executive directors, board members, and emerging leaders of 10 organizations to provide trainings around self-development, organizational management, and advocacy. The Academy built the capacity and skills of leaders who work closely with Latino communities in Thurston, Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties, and resulted in the creation of a Latino Equity Network to identify and collaborate on critical policy areas for our communities.
Latino Healthy Families is a project to increase awareness about important health issues through culturally competent curricula and community outreach. Our work includes benefit enrollment, healthcare guidance, and trainings about toxic substances.
Latino Community Fund is playing a key leadership role in the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and the Communities of Color for Climate Justice Coalition, two growing coalitions that are working to engage Washingtonians from all walks of life to reduce carbon pollution, increase energy efficiency, and promote green jobs that will strengthen our economy.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
El Futuro Project, one of Latino Community Fund's current youth programs, is a leadership development program that is providing trainings for teenagers and young adults on community engagement and advocacy in the context of Early Childhood Education. Participants hail from communities along the I-5 corridor, from Centralia to Mount Vernon. Youth have organized a series of community listening sessions to generate awareness about the challenges Latino families face with regard to early childhood education.
El Futuro Project participants have a goal to raise $10,000 to support projects that benefit youth in their communities. Youth leaders will make funding decisions in the summer of 2015. We hope to gain strong support from our partners, allies, and friends for this important endeavor that will teach youth fundraising and grant-giving skills, and support impactful projects in several communities.