Donate to the CAP40 Drive and help 40 students on their way to becoming Justice Leaders!

Posted on 05/22/2014 @ 01:56 PM

Tags: LatinoJustice, PRLDEF, CAP40, youth, education, LAWBound, youth leadership, YLN

Last year, LatinoJustice’s 40/40/40 fundraising campaign was launched with twelve teams and raised enough funds to provide scholarships for 40 students to attend LAWbound and/or participate in our LSAT Prep Course. These students are well on their way to becoming leaders with an eye toward social justice. Students like Giselle Guerrero, are studying for the Law School Admissions Test, and Sarwat Siddiqui is building schools in Ghana and preparing for our Freedom Summer Youth Congress presentation. Others like Adela Hurtado, (who has been accepted into Fordham Law), are eagerly waiting to hear from the law schools to which they applied.

This year, the fundraising campaign has been rebranded CAP40 to reflect its broader goal of raising $12,000 and creating a cohort of leaders through LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s CAP Leadership Institute. The CAP leadership Institute was launched in 2010 to offer Latino students, ages 16-24, a continuum of leadership development and legal education programs to help them engage in the issues that impact their communities. From LAWbound and LSAT Prep to Social Justice Days and the digital advocates of the Youth Leadership Network, the CAP Leadership Institute is preparing a whole new generation of leaders to be the future Latino trailblazers – much like NYS Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, two of LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s most accomplished home-grown leaders.

This year, the CAP40 Drive will provide 40 scholarships for students to participate in one or more of the following programs and activities:

  • LAWbound – A one-week intensive course designed to help prospective law students understand what it takes to go to law school, from financing options to coursework, grades, essay writing and mentoring.
  • LSAT Prep – A top-notch professional course that prepares students for the Law School Admission Test and offers unique tips and strategy for students of color.
  • Youth Leadership Network (YLN) – LatinoJustice guides students in developing and carrying out social justice campaigns that allow them to hone their civic and political skills as they provide core support for the Latino community. Our Youth Leadership Network (YLN) invites students to become 21st century changemakers and advocates. YLN aims to empowers high school and college student leaders to engage in the fight for social justice and equality in their community through leadership, new media advocacy and grassroots organizing techniques. The YLN focuses on online organizing and new media strategies to assist in organizing around issues that impact the Latino community.
  • Mississippi Freedom Summer – The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50thAnniversary Conference, Youth and Young Adult Congress, will be an historic gathering of young people from across the country. Young people will be training and gaining resources in three track areas: ◦ Youth Organizing ◦ Community Organizing ◦ Building Political Power

Our YLN members were selected to train conference youth participants on how to create, manage and organize around school/community-based issues utilizing the arts, digital strategies and grassroots organizing. YLN youth leaders will also participate to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom March. LatinoJustice has hand-picked five youth leaders who will conduct the training and join other young people to call for justice on the anniversary of one of the most profound events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Help us foster the next generation of leaders – make a gift to CAP40 today.

Look out for profiles of our students and youth leaders throughout the CAP40 Drive period – May 21st through June 30th. Click here to hear about some of the students our donors helped in 2013.

Thank you for your support!

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