The count down has started and ELLA Applications are closing on Jan 15th!
If you’re a young Bay Area Latina between the age of 19 – 29 looking to gain leadership skills and build a community with like minded motivators, start the year right and apply today!
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About ELLA application:
Engaged Latina Leadership Activist 2021 Program Application
**Deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, 2021**
WHAT IS THE ELLA PROGRAM?
The Engaged Latina Leadership Activist (ELLA) Program is a six-month leadership program hosted completely virtually this coming year created to help Latinas between the ages of 19-29 to gain leadership and civic engagement skills through a series of professional activities, resources and mentoring. The program consists of an intensive three-day retreat, a series of leadership trainings and an advocacy group project focusing on issues affecting Latinas. Through the group projects, ELLAs are exposed to other Latino/a leaders and enhance their team building skills.
The ELLA Program is a byproduct of Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley’s mission to create and sustain a network of professional women that support each other in the advancement of civic engagement and leadership – and implemented in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy (OWP). The program aims to develop future leaders that can tackle some of the most pressing issues impacting Latinas and supports the broader movement to empower Latina women in Silicon Valley.
The ELLA Program requires deep dedication and calls for extensive collaboration, effective time-management, and creativity from participants. The program gives young Latina women opportunities to learn about themselves, their leadership capabilities and the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other Latinas who have similar interests and experiences.
About Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley
Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley (LCSV) educates, prepares and connects Latinas in the areas of civic engagement and leadership development as an expression of our shared values of service, commitment, and appreciation for the Latinas who have paved the way for our successes.
About Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy
Developed in the spirit of collaboration between the County and the community in 1998, the Office of Women’s Policy is a leading voice in Silicon Valley on the needs of women and girls, serving as a catalyst for awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact women’s health, safety, and security. Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration, OWP work to ensure that programs and services, and also systems and policy support women’s leadership, full equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community.
What you get as an ELLA
Sisterhood. Civic Engagement. Leadership. These are the three main values we aim to foster in each ELLA class. This is built intentionally in the ways in which we connect with each other, learn from one another, and help educate those around us.
Sisterhood. As an ELLA, you will connect with other Latinas 19-29 throughout the Bay Area who are interested in serving our communities, building relationships with one another, and creating change. Through this program, you will not only connect with like minded mujeres, but also have access to Latina professionals from all kinds of backgrounds. From STEM to Education, to the NonProfit Sector and Business…you will have the opportunity to connect through workshops, one on one conversations, and mentorship with women who have been right where you are now. Additionally, our ELLA Committee Members as well as your ELLA Chair and Coordinator are available to talk outside of workshops about career planning, personal and professional goal setting, and life transitions.
Civic Engagement. Each ELLA team is paired with a mentor who has experience relevant to the subject matter of your community project. Our ELLA teams partner with local organizations to learn about how they are addressing social issues. Previous year’s ELLA teams have focused on addressing issues such as: the correlation between Housing Instability and Domestic Violence, the relationship between Mental Health and Immigration, and the Latina Wage Gap to name a few. ELLAs learn from the work happening on the ground now, and brainstorm how they can further the work, or create a community proposal working towards potential solutions. In past years this has looked like: drafting policy memos to Elected Officials to push for a specific Public Policy solution, developing workshop curriculum for local community organizers, and even starting a series of mini workshops for middle school girls to feel empowered to run for Study Body. This kind of hands on experience of pairing community engagement, public policy and community action have been invaluable to previous ELLAs.
Leadership. Becoming an ELLA is a unique opportunity to challenge not only your professional, but also your personal development. You will learn how to show up sincerely as yourself in professional spaces with confidence, knowing your background and your story have power. By connecting with your fellow ELLAs and learning from one another as well as our workshop presenters, mentors, Board and Committee members…you will learn not only more about yourself, but your communities too.
The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley is a rich network of fierce women who are transforming the workplace everyday, and creating change as leaders in our communities. We hope you consider joining us!