Washington, D.C.—Capitol Hill
The 2011 LOFT Actionable Leadership Summit aims to train and equip young Latino/Hispanic college students to lead in the face of the most imminent challenges confronting the next generation. Hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Latinos on the Fast Track program, this inaugural gathering will bring together 50 Latino/Hispanic college sophomores and juniors from around the country for a two-day training in Washington, D.C. on September 14th and 15th, 2011.
We believe young Latinos possess the intellect, capability, and determination to define a new legacy of leadership and uplift their communities. It is in this spirit we will convene a summit to prepare young Latinos for successful leadership and provide them the opportunity to learn from those who are currently influencing public policy and business in our greater community. Summit participants will attend seminars on relevant policy issues, hear from a select group of experienced leaders from diverse fields, and engage in skill-building workshops focused on communications, fundraising, building networks, and mobilizing others to achieve shared goals.
By hosting the summit in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Awards and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, moreover, we aim to bridge the intergenerational divide between established leaders and those who are preparing to take on the mantle of responsibility. Bringing these groups together around a common purpose – the future of the Latino/Hispanic community in the U.S. – will begin an ongoing conversation which will educate, empower, and elevate the level of discourse around the future of the community. This summit will also catalyze a discussion of national Hispanic issues that need to be raised in the 2012 election cycle and beyond. By expanding out from the “traditional” issue that our community has been pigeon-holed with, i.e. immigration, we can get to the root of the needs of our community right now and the needs of our community moving forward into the future. The issues and topics covered will serve as starting points for engaging with current national leaders and the beginning of a running dialogue for years to come.
The 2011 LOFT Actionable Leadership Summit will take place in Washington, D.C. on September 14th and 15th, 2011. The first day students will engage in leadership training, workshops, and issue-based policy conversations with respected national leaders. The second day will begin with visits to elected officials on Capitol Hill and conclude with participants attending the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony at the Kennedy Center.
1) Fill out this short application. Note you will need to complete this in one sitting, so please plan accordingly. We recommend you preview the application, then copy and paste the short-answer questions (11-13) into a word document. After finishing these on your own, you will be able to go back to the application link and complete it quickly by answering the first 10 questions and pasting in your responses to the short-answer questions (11-13).
You must complete these three steps for your application to be considered. The application will close at 8pm EST/5pm PST on Friday, July 29, 2011. All applicants will hear back about their acceptance to the 2011 Leadership Summit between July 29 and August 4.
· Are committed to personal leadership development and the cultivation of strong leadership across the Latino/Hispanic community
· Have a clear track record of leadership in their community and/or on their college campus
· Have a compelling vision for what they can do on their college campus or in their community to promote and encourage Latino/Hispanic leadership
The 2011 LOFT Actionable Leadership Summit application is open to all Latino/Hispanic college students who will be sophomores or juniors in fall 2011. Participants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, participants must commit to paying or raising funds for their travel and housing costs, though we will do our best to work with students with limited financial means to ensure costs do not prohibit students from attending.
If you do not attend to apply or are not eligible but have an interest in Latino/Hispanic leadership, please fill out our short, 30-second survey on issues important to the Latino community. This will help us as we develop LOFT programming in the future.
If you have questions specific to the application or the Leadership Summit, please email LatinoLeadershipSummit2011INFO@gmail.com.
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