HOUSTON—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) will bring together about 100 Latino youth from the Houston area on Friday, Oct. 18, for the 2013 NCLR Líderes Congreso Youth Safety and Community Summit.  This convening will start at 9:00 a.m. at AAMA’s Sanchez Charter School, located at 6001 Gulf Freeway in Houston, and feature educational workshops on leadership, bullying and safe driving.

 

Youth will hear from community leaders, including keynote speaker David D. Medina, Director of Multicultural Community Relations at Rice University. Additionally, representatives from CASEY, an organization focused on bullying prevention, and Eleváre, a group dedicated to humanitarian service work, will make presentations at the event.  The Congreso is made possible with support from the FedEx Corporation and the Allstate Foundation. 

 

“The power of Lideres Congresos for young people lies in the fact that they are organized by youth, for youth.  Through these leadership-building events, participants experience firsthand the process of creating positive change and gain insight into their personal ability to make a difference when faced with real needs,” said Berenice Bonilla, Líderes Initiative Manager, NCLR.

 

The event will give participants the opportunity to strengthen leadership skills and network with fellow Latino youth in the Houston area.  This Congreso is part of a series of conferences held throughout the U.S. as part of NCLR’s youth leadership program, Líderes Empowered.

 

“For more than four decades, AAMA has been one of the most effective organizations in the country for helping Latinos become productive contributors in their communities.  This Congreso supports our model of leading self, leading others and leading community.  We are honored to partner with NCLR to give these leadership opportunities to our Latino youth,” said Beatrice G. Garza, President and CEO of AAMA.

 

NCLR’s Líderes Initiative is a national program created to increase opportunities for Latino youth to maximize their influence as leaders in the United States.  Through a wide range of leadership development and civic engagement efforts, Líderes empowers, equips and enables young Latinos to serve as agents of positive social change. 

 

For more information about Líderes, please contact Berenice Bonilla at bbonilla@nclr.org.