Press Contact: Néstor Montilla, Sr.
LLANJ Communications Chairman
Trenton, NJ— In an unprecedented collaborative partnership, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) and the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ) announce the launching of the Latino Leadership Academy, an intense 10-month course to train and develop emerging leaders that they may serve the community in a more holistic and independent manner.
Participants in The Academy were selected based on their professional and community involvement background, as well as their commitment to submit to the rigors of intense and demanding leadership development training. The program meets on the second Saturday of the month, beginning on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Latino Leadership Alliance and the Institute for Latino Studies, I am pleased to announce that The Latino Leadership Academy Class of 2017 consists of 30 highly motivated participants who have demonstrated serious commitment to master the fundamentals and advanced principles of leadership,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, LLANJ President.
“Many public and private sectors employers are active in community leadership roles and are sensitive to the real-world issues, concerns, needs, problems and opportunities endemic to the State of New Jersey and urban centers across the United States,” she said, adding: “The Latino Leadership Academy is an effective medium for employers to ensure the formation of new leaders to address community matters and to help influence/initiate socio-economic and political changes that will have a positive impact on the quality of life and advancement of the State of New Jersey.”
Led by seasoned experts and scholars, seminars are held at field related sites across the state, and favor a practicum approach to training.
Topics covered by the course include Latino History and Contribution to United States, Government, Leadership Styles, Values & Ethics in Public Service, Education, A two-party System, Criminal Justice, Health, Social Services & Economic Development, Public Speaking and Media, and a special session on Running a Political Campaign.
Program coordinators indicated that all participants are given public-speaking roles throughout the year; are strategically advised on awareness of key community issues, concerns, needs and opportunities involving those in leadership roles; and are motivated to take on leadership roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in order to influence actions that will have a positive impact on the community as a whole.
“Participants of the Latino Leadership Academy acquire theoretical knowledge, as well as hands-on experience,” said Paul Perez, Vice President of the Latino Leadership Alliance. “The program is intense by design to simulate the rigors and challenges of actual leadership. It helps participants develop, improve poise, and confidence in their leadership role. On behalf of LLANJ and ILS Board of Directors, join us in congratulating the Latino Leadership Academy Class of 2017!”
About ILS and LLANJ
The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), founded in 2001 and since then dedicated to quality research and advocacy for a better society, is a non-profit entity recognized by the federal government as a 501 (c) (3) organization. ILS believes that a solid understanding of cultural identity and people’s socio-economic reality is essential for development in a multi-cultural society.
The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ) is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1999 to mobilize and empower Latino communities to obtain political, economic, and social equity and unify organizations and individuals in advocating for the rights and advancement of Latinos throughout the state of New Jersey.