The Latina Leadership Program facilitates women's leadership development and community activism. The program helps women identify their strengths and obtain tools to become leaders who can create positive change in the communities. Participants recognize their strengths, build their leadership skills, assertiveness and self-perceived skills as an agent of change. Participants discuss cultural factors that may represent challenges to personal development. Participants explore and understand how the political, social, governmental, and court system works.
Through the Latina Leadership Program, participants become involved in creating social change. Participants learn about group dynamics, how to conduct meetings and lead group discussions, and how to give and receive criticism. Latina Leadership participants visit Springfield and their legislators to advocate for the issues they care about.
Latina Leadership Participants at a May Day March 2014
The program was created in 1988 in response to the need of women who had received services and wanted to stay connected to the agency in a more healthy way. Latina Leadership moved women from being victims to taking charge of their lives and becoming leaders in their community. A leadership development curriculum was developed for Latinas. The leadership model continues to be updated to meet the needs of current participants.
One of the first classes of Latina Leadership