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Latinos in action is currently in 14 States including, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington. To view a full list of Schools participating in Latinos In Action Please visit: https://latinosinaction.org/our-work/our-schools/

Latinos In Action has currently 10,000+ Students

Latinos In Action has 98% Graduation Rate

Latinos In Action has 300+ Schools To view a full list of Schools participating in Latinos In Action Please visit: https://latinosinaction.org/our-work/our-schools or if you are interested in starting Latinos In Action at your school please visit: https://latinosinaction.org/how-to-start-lia/

If you are interested in starting Latinos In Action at your school please visit: https://latinosinaction.org/how-to-start-lia/

The LIA Team consists of:

Jose Enriquez Ph.D.

Founder Chief Executive Officer

Athena Jiménez-Manalo, Ed.D.

National Director of Elementary Latinos In Action

Robert Herrera, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Caryn Martinez

Chief Academic Officer

Julie Arocha

Director of Events and Activities/Regional Program Manager

Linda Torres

Regional Program Manager | Central Florida/Tampa

Vanessa Alder

Regional Program Manager | Utah North/Idaho

Grethel Becerra

Regional Program Manager | Utah South/Nevada

Geraldine Vea

Regional Program Manager South Florida

Jullianna Franco

Regional Program Manager | Utah Central

Andrea Bruno

Regional Program Manager | Broward /Illinois/Iowa

Chelsea Chauca

Regional Program Manager | Northeast Regional

Camilla Ramazzini

Data Specialist

Angela Puertas

Family Engagement Specialist

Flor Ruelas

Administrative Assistant

Luis Castro

Media & Technology Specialist

Ciara West

Administrative Assistant

Jhonatan Castillo

Web Master/Graphic Designer

Latinos In Action

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 with the goal of empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. We accomplish this by focusing on four pillars: leveraging personal and cultural assets, excelling in education, serving the community, and developing leadership skills. Because of this unique combination, the LIA model has proven effective throughout the United States. Because of this unique combination, the LIA model has proven effective throughout the United States. In 2015, LIA was awarded the White House Bright Spot for Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Excellence in Hispanic Education.

 

Latinos In Action 4 ESSENTIALS are the following:

ONE: The LIA Leadership Structure

The 30/40/30 model is our strategic way to structure the student makeup of the class.

High Achievers

These students often excel both academically and in their extracurricular activities.

The Invisible

While often not leaders, these students participate in school without being fully engaged. They are “going through the motions.”

Untapped Potential

These students have valuable assets but are either not applying them in the school arena or are not given a stage to showcase their talents, such as English learners.

TWO: The Elementary Partnership

During the class period, LIA students provide literacy tutoring at local elementary schools.

THREE: The LIA Leadership Structure

Each LIA student participates in a class leadership committee, gaining hands-on learning experiences.

FOUR: College And Career Readiness Curriculum.

LIA’s curriculum combines evidence-based instructional strategies and culturally-responsive teaching best practices.

The Pillars of LIA:

Personal Assets

ll LIA students identify and leverage their cultural, social, and personal assets.

Excellence In Education

All LIA students graduate high school, college and career ready.

Service

All LIA students participate in weekly literacy tutoring to young students.

Leadership

All LIA students take on leadership positions in LIA committees. All LIA students perceive themselves as leaders.

Latinos In Action Upcoming Events include: 

Tuesday June 27 LIA Leadership Boot Camp at the University of Utah

Thursday June 27 LIA Leadership Boot Camp at Solitude Ski Resort
Tuesday, July 2 STAFF Full Day Retreat
Monday, July 15 Educator Institute: Fort Lauderdale

Tuesday, July 16 South Florida Bootcamp @ PBSC
July 18 – 19, 2024 Central Florida Bootcamp/Educator Institute at Valencia College
Tuesday, July 30 Latinos in Action Educator Institute 2024
Thursday, August 1 Utah Educator Institute @ Thanksgiving Ashton Garden RoomPoint

Monday, September 2 STAFF OFF: Labor Day



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. The end goal of everything we do is to empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. We accomplish this by focusing on four pillars: leveraging personal and cultural assets, excelling in education, serving the community, and developing leadership skills.

Because of this unique combination, the LIA model has proven effective throughout the United States. In 2015, LIA was awarded the White House Bright Spot for Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Excellence in Hispanic Education.

By Design, LIA Students Engage In Three Evidenced-Based, Core Components During Class Time:

College And Career Readiness Curriculum:

Our culturally relevant, college and career readiness curriculum bolsters students’ current academic performance while preparing them for their futures as college-bound students and contributing members of society. The curriculum offers high-quality instruction on post-secondary education options and readiness, personal development, professionalism, and an exploration of one’s cultural heritage through literary and performing arts.

Leadership Development:

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.

Literacy Tutoring:

From approximately October to April, LIA students serve as role models, mentors, and literacy tutors for neighboring elementary school students. This partnership helps both parties develop linguistic proficiency, refine social skills, and deepen their understanding of the value of being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.

To start start LIA At your school please visit: https://latinosinaction.org/how-to-start-lia/

Latinos In Action Educator Institute: During the summer, LIA hosts Educator Institute training sessions for LIA teachers and their administrators. These 1-day events provide LIA teachers with powerful networking opportunities and resources they need to succeed in the LIA classroom during the school year.

To find zoom backgrounds please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cC2FBDdpsb5iDBdFe8UqdauHZsv9p1q3?usp=drive_link
And make sure you are logged in with your Latinos In Action account to be able to access files. 

To find Family Engagement Graphics from LIA please visit:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yx0b8JwETwAvkuM7OQBoOh6o13kUtDQ7?usp=drive_link

To contact Dr. Enriquez please visit his website at: drjoseenriquez.com or send a message to LIA’s contact form located on www.latinosinaction.org/contact

To find a Latinos In Action branded presentation for you to use and edit please visit: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qaxC_S_xTSldKTMdbXjDuxj-Nt5MkY71yItB5UnNF4Y/edit?usp=drive_link

And make sure you are logged in with your Latinos In Action account to be able to access files.

To find a Latinos In Action Letterhead please visit: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HbFUiD_lpm2GwsZDNjgz8KFwbj7DL5vF7RdnvBDmyZw/edit?usp=drive_link

And make sure you are logged in with your Latinos In Action account to be able to access files.

To find Gala related graphics please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1z-HLVszJrR_n3k3xVXr_VSHCYhNXlPrp?usp=drive_link

And make sure you are logged in with your Latinos In Action account to be able to access files.

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