Mission: Voto latino is a nonpartisan organization that empowers latino millennials to claim a better future for themselves and their community. United by the belief that latino issues are american issues and american issues are latino issues, voto latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices to develop leaders by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.
Programs: Civic engagement: through voter education, registration, and get out the vote efforts, we encourage our audience of millennial latinos to make their voices heard in local and national elections. In 2014, voto latino worked to inform and register to vote latino millennials, their families, and their friends. Voto latino continued an aggressive online voter registration campaign with partner, rock the vote, as well as piloted a national hispanic heritage month of action voter registration campaign. Voto latino also spearheaded communications for the 3rd annual national voter registration day, the biggest one-day voter registration effort of the year.
events: voto latino held a series of events throughout the year, scheduled strategically to build momentum and start a national dialogue about important issues. In march, voto latino held a screening of the biopic cesar chavez followed by a panel discussion with the cast and director to discuss relevant issues such as community organizing and immigration reform. In may, voto latino held the 6th annual our voices reception, an event during white house correspondents weekend that brings together a diverse cross-section of media influentials to celebrate diversity in the media.
issue advocacy: voto latino continues engagement beyond voting by encouraging youth to advocate on behalf of issues that are important to them. In 2014, voto latino worked to continuously inform our audience about issues such as immigration reform, aca enrollment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, social justice, and the environment. This was accomplished through innovative initiative websites, aggressive digital and social media outreach, google hangouts, among others.
leadership development: through leadership programs such as the power summit conference and the vl innovators tech challenge, we connect young latinos with thought leaders, elected officials, and industry experts to network and provide the tools they need to become change makers in their communities. In 2014, voto latino took the power summit leadership development trainings on tour to 4 different cities, including new york city, miami, san antonio, and san jose. Voto latino also launched the vl innovators tech challenge in 2014 where we awarded $500,000 in grants to young leaders and their projects that used innovative technology to help address problems in the latino community.
Founded by two talented women, actor/activist Rosario Dawson and founding Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino has earned its reputation as a leading American Latino voter advocacy, voter registration and political awareness promoting organization. My experiences with the Voto Latino founders and staff quickly convinced me that these are dedicated, accessible, very capable professionals as devoted to the organization's mission as they are to serving the civic interests of the uniquely diverse and complex spectrum of American communities. As a party-neutral, issues-neutral advocacy organization, Voto Latino promotes the interests of all United States citizens in a healthy and thriving democratic process. In fact, it is this inclusive focus and ethical neutrality that attracted my support in the first place. I started as an observer, became a donor, and will now volunteer to further Voto Latino’s success. A quick review of the Statement of Impact on this page, as well as a visit to their site (plan on being there awhile, the site is really engaging) demonstrate that, as “We the People” face a particularly challenging point in our political history, Voto Latino's very effective efforts on behalf of all of us are more essential than ever. They deserve whatever support you have to offer.