**Deadline to apply has now passed. Please check back later in the year for the 2022 Program**

WHAT IS THE ELLA PROGRAM?

The Engaged Latina Leadership Activist (ELLA) Program is a six-month leadership program hosted completely virtually this coming year created to help Latinas between the ages of 19-29 to gain leadership and civic engagement skills through a series of professional activities, resources and mentoring. The program consists of an intensive three-day retreat, a series of leadership trainings and an advocacy group project focusing on issues affecting Latinas. Through the group projects, ELLAs are exposed to other Latino/a leaders and enhance their team building skills.

The ELLA Program is a byproduct of Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley’s mission to create and sustain a network of professional women that support each other in the advancement of civic engagement and leadership – and implemented in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy (OWP). The program aims to develop future leaders that can tackle some of the most pressing issues impacting Latinas and supports the broader movement to empower Latina women in Silicon Valley.

The ELLA Program requires deep dedication and calls for extensive collaboration, effective time-management, and creativity from participants. The program gives young Latina women opportunities to learn about themselves, their leadership capabilities and the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other Latinas who have similar interests and experiences.

About Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley

Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley (LCSV) educates, prepares and connects Latinas in the areas of civic engagement and leadership development as an expression of our shared values of service, commitment, and appreciation for the Latinas who have paved the way for our successes.

About Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy

Developed in the spirit of collaboration between the County and the community in 1998, the Office of Women’s Policy is a leading voice in Silicon Valley on the needs of women and girls, serving as a catalyst for awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact women’s health, safety, and security.  Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration, OWP work to ensure that programs and services, and also systems and policy support women’s leadership, full equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community.

What you get as an ELLA

Sisterhood. Civic Engagement. Leadership. These are the three main values we aim to foster in each ELLA class. This is built intentionally in the ways in which we connect with each other, learn from one another, and help educate those around us. 

Sisterhood. As an ELLA, you will connect with other Latinas 19-29 throughout the Bay Area who are interested in serving our communities, building relationships with one another, and creating change. Through this program, you will not only connect with like minded mujeres, but also have access to Latina professionals from all kinds of backgrounds. From STEM to Education, to the NonProfit Sector and Business…you will have the opportunity to connect through workshops, one on one conversations, and mentorship with women who have been right where you are now. Additionally, our ELLA Committee Members as well as your ELLA Chair and Coordinator are available to talk outside of workshops about career planning, personal and professional goal setting, and life transitions. 

Civic Engagement. Each ELLA team is paired with a mentor who has experience relevant to the subject matter of your community project. Our ELLA teams partner with local organizations to learn about how they are addressing social issues. Previous year’s ELLA teams have focused on addressing issues such as: the correlation between Housing Instability and Domestic Violence, the relationship between Mental Health and Immigration, and the Latina Wage Gap to name a few. ELLAs learn from the work happening on the ground now, and brainstorm how they can further the work, or create a community proposal working towards potential solutions. In past years this has looked like: drafting policy memos to Elected Officials to push for a specific Public Policy solution, developing workshop curriculum for local community organizers, and even starting a series of mini workshops for middle school girls to feel empowered to run for Study Body. This kind of hands on experience of pairing community engagement, public policy and community action have been invaluable to previous ELLAs.

Leadership. Becoming an ELLA is a unique opportunity to challenge not only your professional, but also your personal development. You will learn how to show up sincerely as yourself in professional spaces with confidence, knowing your background and your story have power. By connecting with your fellow ELLAs and learning from one another as well as our workshop presenters, mentors, Board and Committee members…you will learn not only more about yourself, but your communities too. 

The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley is a rich network of fierce women who are transforming the workplace everyday, and creating change as leaders in our communities. We hope you consider joining us!

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN ELLA? 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  1. Attendance at ALL sessions indicated in this application. This program will be conducted completely virtually so, please review the dates listed below and acknowledge what you’re signing up for. Only if you are available to attend every session, continue with the application process. Given the nature of the program, and the fact that it will be 100 percent conducted virtually this year, we cannot make any exceptions. 

* Please note that if you miss two sessions you will be automatically dropped from the ELLA Program *

  1. In addition to attending every session, you will also be required to meet with your assigned group on multiple occasions (dates are at the discretion of you and your group) throughout the six months, and more so toward the end of the program when working on the final project.
  1. Throughout the program, you will be given individual homework assignments designed to foster your personal knowledge and growth. Additionally, as a group, your final project will include an advocacy component and a presentation related to your assigned topic which you will present at graduation.
  1. A $25 discounted LCSV one-year membership fee. As a member of LCSV you will have access to the LCSV network, opportunities to attend exclusive LCSV events and discounted rates when applicable.
  1. A $50 reimbursable deposit for your participation. You will be reimbursed for your $50 deposit at the completion of the program under the condition that you attend every session, turn in every homework assignment on time and complete all feedback surveys on time. No exceptions will be made. If you miss more than half of any single session, do not turn in a homework assignment on time or fail to complete each feedback survey, including the end of the program survey, your $50 deposit will be automatically donated to LCSV. Otherwise, it will be refunded to you at the conclusion of the program. 
  1. If you are accepted into the ELLA program, you will be responsible for a $100 participation fee. This program is for YOU, so consider this an investment in yourself. It is meant to further your own leadership skills, develop the best version of yourself and build a greater support network. You will be surrounded by empowering community leaders who will lift you up and inspire you to push your limits. You will be given the tools to gain more strength, more courage and more confidence to go out and inspire others. 
  1. All membership, deposit and participation fees are due by February 13, 2021 at Orientation. Please note that financial hardship should not deter you from participating. We will work with your situation and can set up a payment plan if needed. We also accept company sponsorship, so we encourage you to practice that if your workplace has that as a perk!
  1. Lastly, we expect every ELLA to participate 100 percent in the program even when virtual. This means, attending all sessions, communicating with the ELLA Coordinator as needed/required, communicating with your teammates, making the effort to meet with your assigned group as needed and taking this leadership opportunity seriously. 

If you are ready for the challenge and ready to take your professional development to the next level, we encourage you to apply and look forward to receiving your ELLA Program application. 

2021 ELLA VIRTUAL SESSION DATES 

EventDateTime
ELLA OrientationSaturday, February 1310:00 – 11:30am
Encuentro (Retreat)Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28Friday 4:00pm – Sunday 3:00pm
Learning Session #1Saturday, March 139:00am – 1:00pm
Learning Session #2Saturday, April 39:00am – 1:00pm
Learning Session #3Saturday, April 179:00am – 1:00pm
Learning Session #4Saturday, May 19:00am – 1:00pm
Learning Session #5Saturday, May 159:00am – 1:00pm
Learning Session #6Saturday, June 59:00am – 1:00pm
Learning Session #7Saturday, June 269:00am – 1:00pm
Latina Action DayJune/JulyTBD
Learning Session #8Saturday, July 109:00am – 1:00pm
GraduationSaturday, July 178:30am – 12:30pm

Program Applications are now closed

Questions? Email ELLA@LatinaCoalition.org