The Leadership Program includes:
- Lideres Campesinas
- Promotores Program
- Poder Popular
La Luz Center’s Leadership program prepares immigrants for their increasing role in community decision-making with leadership training, neighborhood organization, voter education, and the promotion of civic volunteerism. Our goal is to create an environment that allows the Latino and non-Latino community to work together on issues important to us all: quality education, a safe place to live, affordable health care, fair pay, and a valued place in the community.
La Luz Center is proud to announce its new partnership with Líderes Campesinas, a statewide non-profit organization. The Sonoma Valley committee was formed in collaboration with La Luz Center and its Poder Popular Program. Ours is the 13th Lideres Campesinas chapter in the state of California, promoting the organization’s mission of “increasing awareness about Latina farmworker domestic violence and sexual assault.”
- Quality education, a safe place to live, affordable health care and fair pay are some of the issues we address
“Community health promoters, known as “promotores,” work within local communities to create strategies to nurture leadership in residents. Promotores are trained at La Luz in collaboration with our partners, such as St. Joseph Health Systems and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center. Volunteer promotores arrange the coordination and distribution of resources for leadership development and community health education and awareness. With support from La Luz, these promotores then bring representatives from a variety of community agencies together to address community health needs.
- Tu Corazon Tu Vida Nutrition Training
- Poder Popular Promotores Forums
Sonoma Valley Poder Popular
“Poder Popular para la Salud del Pueblo” (The Power of the People for the Health of the Community), a grass-roots community organization designed to improve the health and well-being of agricultural workers, was inaugurated in 2005 in Salinas, CA. Sonoma Valley was one of 10 agricultural communities to take on the project, which was originally funded by The California Endowment (TCE). Through funding specific research of health disparities in California, TCE recognized the serious and unique health problems facing the farm worker population in California.
Sonoma Valley Poder Popular, which became a part of La Luz Center in 2009, is aimed at improving conditions in the fields, in communities, and in health care through leadership and civic participation. Significant successes have been achieved since the beginning of the program, including the development of strong resident leadership, solid relationships among residents and community members in positions of authority, and an increase civic participation.
La Luz’s Poder Popular Program focus areas:
- Binational Health Week Fair
- Mexican Mobile Consulate for Matriculas & Passports
- NLRC’s Proyecto Enlace Needs Assessment & Outreach
- Integral part of the Lideres Campesinas Organization Sonoma Valley Chapter
Leadership Photo Gallery