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Grassroots Leadership

Development Program

The principal objective of the Grassroots Leadership Development Program is to promote and facilitate constructive dialogue and interaction between Hispanic citizens and public officials who are responsible for administering their local city, county, and school governments. Hispanic citizens will gain a better understanding about how local governments function and how they as citizens can play a more effective role in influencing and formulating public policy. Public officials will also gain a better understanding of the Hispanic community’s needs and concerns and a greater appreciation for our interest in government and public affairs. USHLI implements GLDP in interested cities and communities throughout the United States.

It is our belief that the interests of communities are better served when all citizens have the opportunity to participate in electing and influencing their government. It is also our belief that in order to participate effectively in the process of government, Latino citizens need a better understanding of how government works, how citizens can participate in the governmental process, and how citizens as taxpayers are ultimately responsible for their quality of government.

This program will help train Hispanic community leaders on a broad range of public policy issues for public service as elected and appointed officials and/or more effective leadership roles. The series will consist of ten (10) weekly seminars, three (3) weeks each on municipal, county, and school governments, as well as one (1) session on financial literacy and budget management. Each of the ten (10) sessions will be three (3) hours in duration for a total of thirty (30) hours. Approximately 30-40 local elected and appointed officials will also receive training and participate as resource persons.

The project will stress the importance of government in a democratic society. Participants will be able to see where the electoral process ends and the governmental process begins. Upon completion of the ten week program, all local officials who participated as resource persons will be contacted both by telephone and in writing by the Project Director to thank them for their participation, get their feedback, and to discuss the immediate and long-term possibilities of appointing Latino participants to local advisory and policy making boards and commissions or employment positions within their respective governmental entity. Latino participants will also be asked to complete an evaluation form regarding the program, particularly to indicate the topic(s) they found most interesting. This information will assist the Project Director and the local coordinator in their follow-up with the local public officials with respect to involving Latino participants more effectively in some capacity within local city, county, or school governments.

Program Guidlines

  • Paticipants: Community Members, High School, or College Students

  • Program Length: 10 Weeks

  • Program Culmination: 2018 USHLI National Conference

  • Scholarship: To receive a USHLI National Conference scholarship, participants must attend all ten sessions of the GLDP. Scholarships are non-transferable and for first-time graduates only.

  • Voting: If eligible to do so, participants should be registered to vote

  • Records: Agendas, sign-in and sign-out sheets, copies of all materials provided in each session (budget summary, table of organization, etc.) should be forwarded to USHLI.

  • More Information: Please contact Adrian Calderon at acalderon@ushli.org.

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