Civic Leadership & Advocacy

Empowering Our Communities.

The surest cure for the sense of powerlessness that afflicts so many citizens today is to take action on the problems of their own communities, restoring belief in their capacity to make a difference.
— John Gardner (2006)

At Latino Network, we value the power of community self-determination. We believe that the ability of individuals to affect change in their own lives determines the capacity for change in our communities. All of our programs integrate civic engagement principles and empower Latinos to be advocates on issues that matter to Latinos—poverty, youth violence, and the academic achievement gap.

Latino Network’s civic leadership programs for grassroots and established leaders educate and train Oregon Latinos for civic life. Our program participants create a sense of community, build on strategies for public participation, and collaborate to make a difference. Together we cultivate the power of the Latino community to thrive.

Learn more about our civic leadership and advocacy programs.

Academia de Líderes

Academia de Líderes

Academia de Líderes

Academia de Líderes equips Portland’s emerging grassroots Latino leaders with the tools to be agents of change and to advocate for our community’s best interests.

Ninth Grade Counts

Unid@s for Oregon

Unid@s for Oregon is a statewide leadership development program that fosters cohesion, trust, and relationships among Latino leaders to build capacity for a unified movement for change across Oregon. 

Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy efforts span from the school board to the state legislature, engaging our leadership and mobilizing our community members to contribute our voices to the issues and policies that matter to our lives and our communities.

Parent Accountability Council

Parent Accountability Council

Parent Accountability Council

In partnership with Early Learning Multnomah, Latino Network appoints Juntos Aprendemos parent graduate representatives to ensure Latino parents have a voice in shaping early childhood services.

Speak Up & Empower

Speak Up & Empower

Speak Up & Empower

Speak Up & Empower is a leadership and advocacy program for youth experiencing mental health issues with the goal of adding their voices to the Children’s Mental Health Systems Advisory Council.