Advocating for Latinos in DC: The Council of Latino Agencies

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1. Luis A. Torres & Mary Eileen Cunniff Advocating for Latinos in DC: The Council of Latino Agencies

2. Public Policy Development Popular Education Community Advocacy How do CLA’s campaigns and programs impact the Latino community in DC?

3. Public Policy: Voting Rights Project Popular Education: Niñez y Juventud Project Community Advocacy: Fact Blasts

4. The goal of the Niñez y Juventud Project is to provide information to Latino residents in the District to promote their self-advocacy through a culturally appropriate and locally focused tool kit. In addition, the project will create a dialogue among community members through which research regarding the needs, concerns, and problems of the community can be conducted.

5. The Latino population of D.C. has grown 56% between 1990 and 2002. Census data projects this growth will continue and Latinos will number at least 62,000 by 2015. By 2000, the average Latino per capita income was $17,375, 39% less than the D.C. average of $28,659. The percentage of poor Latino families in D.C. has increased by 39% since 1990. As a whole, the population size of DC children decreased between 1990-2000 by 3% while the population of Latino children grew by 66%. Approximately 39% of DC Latinos under age 65 are uninsured, compared to 17% of all District residents.

6. CLA is an umbrella organization serving 40 community organizations and institutions that address the needs of the Latino community The staff of CLA CBR at CLA

7. Niñez y Juventud Latina Project 1.) Design of a flexible toolkit. 2.) Pilot testing of toolkit and community dialogues. 3.) Training of 10 dialogue facilitators. 4.) Organization of a kick-off event. 5.) Convening and facilitation of 50 community-based dialogues

8. Step 5: Community Dialogues Tool Kits Parents Facilitators Note-takers

9. Module 1 - Getting Off to a Strong Start: Early childhood development from 0-5 Module 2 - Celebrating Childhood: School age children ages 6-12 Module 3 - Building Potential for the Future : Youth ages 13-18 Module 4: Youth Activist “Cookbook”

10. Follow Up… 6.) Organization of a Town Hall meeting with policy makers. 7.) Ongoing policy advocacy with member agencies to encourage policy makers to address community residents’ concerns and CLA and core partners’ policy recommendations. 8.) Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the campaign for the information of lessons learned into CLA’s model for community-based advocacy.

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