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The Latina LEADS program is a one-year after-school program for middle school girls (grades 6-8). The robust curriculum provides participants with three hours of programming and one hour of tutoring per month through participation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) focused workshops, interactive activities, interviews with industry professionals, access to academic and career guidance, leadership development, and emotional support.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country. LULAC works to advance the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide.
Latina LEADS Programs from 10A-1P each month on the third Saturday with 1-hour of office hours for enrolled students on Microsoft Teams.
Although women across the United States have made significant strides in education and economic security, statistics show that Hispanic women still lag behind compared to their non-Hispanic counterparts. According to the National Science Foundation, while women comprise 25% of the science and technology workforce, Hispanic women represent only 3% of this workforce. LULAC recognizes that in order to prepare our young women to break into in- demand tech careers, we must start early by promoting better career opportunities through education and mentoring at a young age.
Throughout the program participants are provided an introduction to the following four STEAM pillars as a means to build foundations that will support them in their future academic and professional endeavors. The pillars are Technology, Engineering, Cybersecurity, and Broadcasting.
Throughout history, humans have been using innovation to make technological advancements. Through the Technology pillar, students will learn about emerging tech and the growing fields of technology development within STEAM. The Engineering pillar will provide students with an introduction to engineering and expand students’ knowledge on the ins and outs of telecommunication engineering that helps us stay connected from a distance! The Cybersecurity pillar explores the do’s and don’ts of internet safety and the basics of cybersecurity including how to identify potential threats and assess the safety of the networks, systems, and devices being used. Students will navigate through the Broadcasting pillar to learn how leaders in the broadcasting industry are working to deliver your favorite content to you every day. They will gain a better understanding of the current and emerging technologies as well as the trends in broadcasting.