LATINOS IN ACTION
Empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness.
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.
Latinos In Action (LIA) offers an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students, working from within the educational system to create positive change. Our program operates as a year-long elective course taught by a highly qualified teacher at the middle school, junior high, and high school level.
Be the model for Latino youth engagement through personal assets, excellence in education, service, and leadership.
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.
LIA seeks to empower students to become leaders through hands-on experience in real-life situations. Teachers serve as facilitators who empower students to take the lead. Each student participates weekly in a leadership committee that plans and executes important projects throughout the year. This enriches the entire school body as highly-trained, diverse individuals are now prepared to participate, have a voice, and help lead and strengthen their school.
Service is one of the key components of the LIA course. Between October and April, LIA students tutor struggling readers, one-on-one, at local elementary schools. Because service is such a hallmark of the program, they also regularly plan service projects outside of school that evolves into a commitment to lifelong volunteerism.
During the week, students participate in the robust online LIA College and Career Readiness Curriculum. It was designed in 2015 through a partnership with professors from Utah State University, University of California Los Angeles, and master teachers around the nation. It is research-based, culturally responsive, incorporates authentic project-based assessments, has a flexible scope and sequence, and is continually enhanced with best practices from our LIA teachers across the country.