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The inaugural class of the Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines presented their final community service projects April 19 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.


The institute was created to train young Latinas to become the next generation of leaders and to serve on boards, commissions and nonprofit groups. Participants met twice a month from September to February to learn about leadership in areas ranging from financial planning, to local government, immigration laws, and leading in the corporate sector.


Participants presented the community service projects they created to demonstrate the leadership skills they learned. 


Some of those projects were:

  • Creating Spanish-language college preparatory materials for high school students.
  • Facilitating a series of informational meetings that highlight workers' rights for Spanish-speaking business owners.
  • Surveying Latino parents and educators about areas of confusion and presenting the results to local school districts to improve understanding.
  • Helping expand a mentoring program for middle school students to include high school students in Marshalltown.

To see the members of this year's class, which will graduate on May 3, click here.


Apply to become a member of next year's class here.