In January 2014, La Raza Youth Leadership Institute became a component of the Youth Program at Servicios de La Raza, to ensure that La Raza Youth Leadership Institute could continue serving Latino youth.
The Mission of La Raza Youth Leadership Institute is “to empower Latino youth to achieve their educational and leadership potential and instill the desire to give back to the community.”
La Raza’s purpose is to promote the importance of higher education, career planning, self-esteem building and leadership skills development among Latino youth in Colorado.
Latino youth are leaders in their schools today and communities in the future.
La Raza Youth Leadership Program will provide Latino high school students, grades 10 -12, an opportunity to achieve their full leadership potential by participating in an intensive leadership program.
The mission of La Raza Youth Leadership Program is to empower Latino youth to achieve their educational and leadership potential and instill the desire to give back to the Latino Community.
The Institute’s annual conference exposes Colorado’s Latino youth to the endless opportunities in their future by promoting the importance of higher education, career planning, self-esteem building, cultural identity and developing leadership skills. Students are also exposed to a college campus environment, to Latino professionals and community leaders.The conference includes three workshop sessions, a keynote address, a youth keynote address, an education/resource fair and lunch time entertainment. The LRYLI conference is unique because we cater to 12 – 18 yr old Colorado Latinos by offering culturally sensitive programming to enhance their social, educational and personal growth.
The conference began in 1991 as a male youth conference. Today, the conference welcomes both female and male participants. It has grown steadily over the years recruiting youth from throughout Colorado. This year’s 23rd Annual conference will be held at the Auraria Higher Education Center, a tri-institutional campus located in downtown Denver. The conference regularly attracts approximately 1,200 student participants, 150 school liaisons, 175 volunteers, and 45 workshops.