Ms. Valerie Goes To Chicago

July 27, 2010 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

One of our employees, Valerie recently attended community and voter outreach training in Chicago. Here is her story.


As part of my job at Southwest Key, I have been involved in various initiatives to reach out and mobilize the local community. Whether it has been increasing voter registration, organizing judicial public forums, participating in our Leadership Development Program or hosting a summer speakers series, I believe individuals and organizations can enable positive change in people and neighborhoods wherever they may be.

I was lucky enough to be awarded a grant that enabled me to recently attend a three day National Council of La Raza (NCLR) training session in Chicago. The training consisted of a multi-state network of community-based organizations coming together to better understand how to organize field campaigns and promote sustained civic education and participation in the political process.



The training demonstrated strategies that reduce barriers to electoral participation in the Latino community, encouraging Latinos to become registered voters and become part of the political process. To find their voice if you will.

I’d like to thank the NCLR and Southwest Key Programs for giving me the opportunity to attend the training. Aside from making a ton of new friends, I am inspired to use the new skills and techniques I learned for the benefit of the community I live in and serve every day.”

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Entry filed under: Community Center, Community Empowerment, Community Service, East Austin Leadership Development Program, Politics, Southwest Key Programs, Voting. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

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