A new leadership group has formed with the goal of empowering young Latina women.

The Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines (LLI) will hold its first class this fall, with a curriculum designed to advise Latina women on how to grow personally and professionally within their community.

The program is looking for 10 to 15 women between the ages of 20 and 30. To apply go to www.latinaleadershipinitiative.org. The deadline for application is June 1. The initiative's 12-person steering committee will be chaired by Sonia Parras Konrad.