The Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) was founded twenty years ago by a grassroots group of Latinas searching for strategies to overcome the lack of opportunity and interconnected barriers facing the Latinx community. COLOR envisions Latinas and their families having the knowledge, freedom, and power to access a full range of opportunities for the health of their body, mind, and spirit.
We are Latina-led and Latinx-serving focused on building leaders in our community.
What are we doing?
We are working to raise $2,500 for our signature youth program, Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS) which is celebrating its 10th aniversario. LIPS is a leadership institute designed for Latinas, by Latinas. The 10-week program is open to youth 16-21 years old in the Denver metro area and engages participants in a vibrant community of Latinx activists and leaders. Youth develop public speaking, fundraising, and community organizing skills. Each LIPS participant pairs up with a Latina professional who serves as a mentor throughout the entire program. The cohort travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators and advocate for issues impacting young people
Why does what we do matter?
Our LIPS program mentors the next generation of Latina leaders to promote the advancement of the Latino community and advocate for reproductive justice issues. Our programs serve as entry points for young Latinas to become engaged with organizing and advocacy.
What is the goal of our project?
Our goal is to grow this program and its reach across urban and rural communities in the state so that we can impact more young Latinx leaders. We are currently reaching about 8-10 youth per year. Imagine what more we can do!
What will we achieve together?
Through this program, a cohort of young Latinas are trained over the course of seven weeks to
- Build self-esteem, grow confidence and build pride in their Latinx identity.
- Provide a space to heal generation trauma through self-care and resilience practices.
- Learn leadership skills like public speaking, advocacy, and media training.
- Engage in conversations about reproductive justice, environmental justice, racial justice, economic justice, and other issues impacting our communities.
- Learn how to lobby and speak to public officials, culminating in a trip to Washington D.C.
What will your donation do?
$1000 helps a cohort of LIPS youth travel to Washington D.C. to lobby their representatives.
$250 provides media and public speaking training to cohort
$75 provides one training from a Latinx leader to LIPS youth.
Your own amount – let us know what you can contribute today!
How else can you help?
Rebecca L Schneider
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