To provide civic engagement, advocacy and leadhership training to empower Latino/a individuals as effective business leaders, community leaders and elected officals at all levels.
What we do:
LALI identifies regions in Washington state seeking leadership development training then partners with organizations in order to bring forums and workshops to the Latino/a community. At these forums participants have the opportunity to learn from and connect with some of the most accomplished Latino/a political, business, and community leaders.
The Latino Advocacy and Leadership Institute (LALI) was founded in 2009 by a group of community-minded Latino leaders who sought to empower the Latino community in Washington State by developing leaders for the future. Sea Mar acquired the program in March 2013 with the intention of implementing LALI statewide.
Today, more than at any time in Washington’s history, Latinos are changing the landscape of the state. Demographic changes have taken place in the last few decades that are dramatic in nearly all corners of the state, with Latinos often times far outpacing other groups in population growth.
- The Pacific Northwest Latino population doubled in the 1980's and nearly doubled again in the 1990's.
- In Washington State, Latinos grew by nearly 200% between 1990-2010, and are the fastest growing population compared to any other major racial/ethnic group in the new millennium.
- Currently, Washington state’s Latino population is estimated at 753,148, representing 11% of the state population, up from 4 percent in 2000.
- In Washington’s public schools, Latinos grew by 492 percent between 1986-2011; this compares to .4 percent growth of non-Latino white students.
- By 2030, it is expected that nearly 20% of college students ages 18 to 24 will be Latinos.
While demographic changes noted above are both impressive and noteworthy, participation of Latinos as leaders in the civic life of local communities and at the state level is minimal to non-existent. This is true in both the private and public sectors.
Thus, LALI intends to engage and empower Latinos through leadership development, advocacy training, and mentorship.
Latinos more actively engaged in the civic life of their respective communities will mean healthier communities and will strengthen the long-term economic well-being of Washington State for generations to come.