Latinos in the Deep South, a program by the Latino Commission on AIDS

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Interested in becoming a Dennis deLeon Sustainable Leadership Institute Graduate? 
Here's what you need to know:

Eligibility:

Candidates for the institute can self-nominate or be nominated by a local organization or leader with demonstrated background in working with the Latino community in at least one of the following southern states: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The ideal candidate for the leadership institute will have the following characteristics:

•    Be an emerging leader in the field, with at least 3 years of experience working in the public health or health-related arena.*

•    Have been engaged in developing advocacy work on pressing local social issues affecting Latinos/Hispanics in the South for at least 1 year.

•    Have been engaged in developing advocacy work on human rights issues affecting Latinos/Hispanics in the South for at least 1 year.

•    Have demonstrated personal and professional readiness for taking on new leadership roles.

•    Has promoted community engagement and new leadership within her/his organization, and has experience with community collaborations.

•    Has experience with cross-strategy collaboration and desire to strengthen such work.

•    Play a decision-making/leadership role within his/her organization.

•    Is currently engaged in advocacy work focusing on Latinos in one or more of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

•    Can commit to attend all seven webinars and participate in coaching sessions and network calls

*Please contact jmontenegro@latinoaids.org if this is the only requirement that is impeding your eligibility

Commitment:

•    Willing to commit to the three (3) month period institute (see enclosed calendar)

•    Attend all seven (7) bi-weekly webinars (each webinar is about 1-1/2 hours in length).

•    Actively participate during webinar discussion and group activities.

•    Complete all the corresponding webinar activities, monthly local community activities in order to practice the concepts learned, meet with Leadership Council members (when/if possible) and prepare an advocacy project.

•    Willing to work and to complete group activities and local policy-oriented actions with 2 more participants from one’s State.

•    Proactively communicate with institute staff, throughout the three (3) month period institute. 

•    Promote this institute in one’s community and mentor participants for future Dennis Deleon Leadership Institutes.

 

Schedule & Important Dates:

Applications Open: April 24, 2017

Applications Due: May 23, 2017

Acceptance Announcements: May 30, 2017

Institute dates: 

June 15, 29

July 13, 27

August 10, 24

September 7, 21*

*Final presentation date

Benefits:

As participants develop local policy-oriented actions through discussions, coaching’s and planning meetings, the DdLSLI participants will:

1.    Understand the communities you and your organization are working with, and how leadership may impact partnership and collaboration efforts with the community. 

2.    Strengthen your ability to develop successful campaigns, engage in coalition’s efforts and build key alliances in the South to impact local and regional policy. 

3.    Become a mentor for more emerging southern leaders and promote social justice. 

4.    Share the knowledge gained with your colleagues and management of your organization.