civic engagement & Leadership training
CLASSES ARE CONDUCTED IN SPANISH
SEPA Mujer helped empower us with so much knowledge of our rights, much of that many of us did not even know we had.This organization wants to empower Latina Women in order to create more awareness and defend their rights just as in our homes, in the workplace or in society.
Introduction to our Leadership Program
SEPA Mujer’s unique 5-week, 25 hour intensive Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Trainings (CEL 1 & 2), also known as “Talleres de Liderazgo”, were especially crafted using popular education methods and in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee; an Immigrants Rights Program from Newark, New Jersey in December 2006. The training manual is designed to engage local Latina immigrant women with insider advocacy tools and skills concentrating on the fundamentals of civic engagement, the legislative process, community leadership, and community organizing. The training also prepares participants to be more actively engaged in local grassroots campaigns and community projects. The training awards all those who have completed the entire training with a closing ceremony with certificates of completion from SEPA Mujer and from local legislators who are invited to participate.
About CEL 1
Level 1 of the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Trainings focus on the basics of leadership and the roots of civic engagement. In this level we explore the following concepts; community-based leadership, grassroots organizing, and building community power through the power of advocacy. Other key topics we introduce are; the history of immigration and civil rights in United States, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, how to document violations of human rights, advocacy and the legislative process, federal and state government, community organizing tools and communications for the purpose of organizing.
About CEL 2
The newly developed Level 2 of the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Trainings allow graduates of the Level 1 course to expand and dive into the weeds of the concepts, allowing time and space for critical thought, debate, and critical analysis. In this training, we explore immigration history specifically on Long Island learning about the core of present day systemic and cultural issues. We dive into the intersectionality of the feminist movement in Latin America, gender inequality in immigrant communities, and learn about past and present Latina activistas who have defied all odds fighting for justice and equality. We explore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as tools to effective advocacy. Lastly, we learn more about voting, gerrymandering, and power mapping as tools to organize and impulse more local and state civic engagement.
who can register
In order to participate and receive your Certificate of Completion from the organization and from your local legislators, participants must complete all sessions. There is an allowed 1 absence if participants are willing to follow up with a colleague to help them review the missed session. Participants do not have to be members of SEPA Mujer, though this might change in the future. Trainings are not limited to local women in the area, however, participants must be willing to travel to the designated location of the training.
The entire training is solely in Spanish.
Register for the next training
To register for the next available training near you, register online at bit.ly/2RGrEG9 or call us at 631-980-2555. Trainings are held quarterly and in rotation in all of SEPA Mujer's chapters. Approximate wait time could range from a few weeks to 2-3 months depending on level and staff.
About the graduation
The graduation includes a short welcoming and presentations by our graduates with key speakers. We are often joined by local legislators and give participants an opportunity to meet and greet their local representatives.
For the first time I felt supported as a Latina women and as an immigrant and even more so with a network of women of which are now my friends. I now know how to defend myself, protect my children and not be afraid!