National Institute of Latino School Leaders go to Denver

This week, our 2017 cohort of the National Institute of Latino School Leaders (NILSL)  is meeting in Denver to talk about they can advance the schools they lead to better prepare students for the future. NILSL Fellows will also spend time talking about how best to implement the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Follow #NILSL17 for live updates from the convening throughout the week.


Celebrating Financial Capability Efforts to Support Latino Financial Well-being

By Agatha So, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR

Financial Capability Counseling gives Latino families the information and tools needed to improve credit, increase savings, and build wealth. Through participation in a financial capability program, Latino families can access a range of resources and learn how to use skill-building tools and financial products that will help them achieve their financial goals, such as homeownership.

For Affiliate partners of the NCLR Homeownership Network (NHN), building families’ financial capability has never been more important. Because of the financial crisis nearly a decade ago, millions of Latino families saw their savings disappear when they lost their homes to foreclosure. At the same time, a rise in unemployment among Latino workers made it harder for families to the get the assistance they needed to save their homes. Today, a generation of Latino families are still recovering and trying to repair the damage to their credit when they lost their homes. Rebuilding by understanding how to budget, save, and improve credit is critical to economic recovery and the ability for Latinos to become homeowners.

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The Tejano Center is Training the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

 Guest blog post by Giovanni Escobedo, Youth Advisory Committee Member, NCLR

Our children grow up in a society that demands expertise in everything. Deciding to sit back and rely solely on learning from textbooks is not enough for their overall development. We live in the age of specialization, and children cannot afford to miss out on this window of opportunity and be left behind. The Tejano Center’s Raul Yzaguirre Schools for Success in Brownsville, Texas is working hard to address that problem by providing educational offerings in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to the children of South Texas with the help NCLR’s CHISPA initiative.

At the Tejano Center, kids meet twice a week to work on science lessons and to learn what it takes to become scientists. In groups of about six students from various grade levels, they collaborate to perform experiments while simultaneously strengthening their interpersonal and leadership skills. Their conversations across the table are a sign that they understand and enjoy the lesson—and that they have mastered the complex scientific concepts to the point where they can explain them to each other in a way that is easy to understand.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending March 31

Week Ending March 31

This week in immigration: Community leaders mobilize to push back against funding for the administration’s mass deportation force during the NCLR Community Leaders Action Summit; NCLR and Senate Democrats stand with families impacted by the administration’s cruel and misguided deportation policies; NCLR Capital Awards honors leaders standing up for our community.

Community Leaders at NCLR Action Summit Mobilize for Stronger Communities, Stronger America: As part of this week’s Community Leaders Action Summit, Latino advocates, youth and civic leaders from throughout the nation had a clear message for their congressional representatives: End the assault on millions of American families and refuse to fund President Trump’s mass deportation tactics and border wall. During nearly 100 visits with members of Congress, community advocates urged their representatives to stand up for and defend policies that benefit millions of American families. “The NCLR Community Leaders Action Summit was an important and needed gathering of Latino leaders from throughout the nation who have witnessed first-hand how this administration’s cruel deportation policies have hurt families and communities,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

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Latino Advocates Descend on Washington

This week, NCLR welcomed leaders and advocates from our Affiliate Network to Washington, DC for our Community Leaders Actions Summit. Attendees were treated to two days of workshops and trainings to prepare for a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. Legendary civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) also joined the summit to fire up and rally attendees as they prepared for their Hill visits. Below are highlights from the week’s events starting with a powerful press conference we held in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

To kick off the Summit, NCLR went to Capitol Hill to deliver a message to Congress that on immigration, the assault on families must end. We were joined by Fatima and Yeleni Avelica, whose father was detained while he was dropping them off at school. Also with us was Rose Escobar, whose husband was deported because of technical paperwork issue. He wife has been forced to raise her children on her own until she can return. The Democratic Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Robert Melendez (D-N.J.)

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