Empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities.
We achieve this through culturally responsive social and emotional learning, college and career readiness, and leadership development.
Crystal AnguianoLIA is my famiLIA because they have seen me grow from sophomore to my senior year in high school. Not only that, but they have seen me through the hard times I've had with my parents and they have pushed me to become more than I thought I could be. LIA is my power!
Eder F. Hernandez.LIA is my famiLIA because it brings enjoyment through the process of helping others.
Elizabeth E. Perez, M.Ed.I truly enjoy every moment I spend with my Latinos In Action students at the University of Utah. I had served as an LIA teacher at Cyprus High School in Magna before taking on my current job at the University of Utah. I was thrilled when I learned I could continue to work with LIA in my new role because I’ve seen what a difference this program can make for students.
Skylar KendellIt has been amazing being a first year Latinos in Action teacher! These students have felt like famiLIA since the first month we were together. It has given me a new passion for teaching. There is a COMPLETELY different vibe in LIA. These kids care so much about making an impact on the school and the community. They come to me all the time about ways to serve. These kids have saved my faith in the upcoming generation. They are good, hard working, professional, fun and so caring. No matter how stressed I am, or what kind of day I’m having, I always look forward to 7th period.
Our culturally responsive, college and career readiness curriculum is aligned with CASEL’s five Social Emotional Learning competencies. The curriculum offers high-quality instruction on post-secondary education readiness, personal development, social and emotional learning, professionalism, and an exploration of one’s cultural heritage.
Each LIA student gains real-life leadership experience by participating in student-lead service, social, and professional committees. We are scaffolding their leadership skills and then infusing the students back into the school community, better prepared to lead and serve.
From approximately October to April, LIA students serve as literacy tutors for neighboring elementary school students. This partnership helps both parties develop linguistic proficiency, refine their social skills, and deepen their understanding of the value of being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.
Be the model for Latino youth engagement through personal assets, excellence in education, service, and leadership.
We are open and welcoming to all who have the desire to further their learning and become leaders in their communities. We create an environment of inclusivity where people from all backgrounds and beliefs come together to help each other learn and grow.