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UW Bothell Supports LETI with Student Interns
LETI has been a community partner of University of Washington Bothell for over two years, and additional links are forming constantly. This summer the community-based learning and research (CBLR) is providing numerous student interns to help LETI with its annual Latino Expo, to be held August 4 in Edmonds. The Expo features community service and commercial activities that focus on the South Snohomish County area.
New Bienestar Series Begins 11 July • Serie Nueva de Bienestar Comenza 11 Julio
Queridos Amigos de LETI, Les invitamos a una nueva serie de talleres de Bienestar que comenzaran este miércoles, 11 de julio a las 10:00 am. Este miércoles estaremos tratando los temas de “Salud Cardiovascular de la Mujer” y “Seguridad del Hogar” presentados por enfermeras de la Universidad de Washington. Nuestros seminarios se terminaran con una hora de ejercicio de Zumba presentado por nuestra amiga Sandra Cerrera. Tendremos cuidado de niños gratis. ¡Le esperamos!
Dear friends of LETI We invite you to a new series of wellness workshops starting this Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00 am. This Wednesday we will be dealing with the themes of " Women's cardiovascular health" and " home security" presented by nurses at the University of Washington. Our seminars will end with an hour of Zumba exercise presented by our friend Sandra Cerrera. We'll take care of kids free, too. We're waiting! (Class conducted in Spanish.)
Latino Expo 2018 Activities Scheduled
Here is a partial list of our kid-friendly activities scheduled for Latino Expo 2018. Aquí tiene una lista de actividades «niño-amables» de Latino Expo 2018.
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Students Engage with Latino Community
"Three University of Washington Bothell courses with a total of 50 students are engaged in community-based learning and research (CBLR) projects this summer with the Latino Educational Training Institute (LETI), a Lynnwood nonprofit that serves the Latino community in south Snohomish County".
Enjoy the full article, written by Douglas Esser, by following the link below.
Seeking Immigration Lawyers for Families Separated at US-MX Border
We've received the following from Wendi Warren Binford (a professor at Willamette University College of Law): URGENT: Lawyers and Translators needed.
We are being given access to the children at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas, on July 12-13 and need massive help. Approximately 1,000 children are being held there and we have the right to interview every single one of them under Flores, but we will only have two days and 9-12 hours per day to do so.
Every interview takes approximately one hour, which means that we will need approximately sixty attorneys, plus interpreters. We need some interpreters to speak indigenous Central American languages as well as Spanish and other languages around the world (last week our team was looking for a Punjabi speaker while interviewing a child at one of the Border Patrol stations).
We also are seeking volunteer pediatric medical and therapeutic professionals who can volunteer to provide support onsite both days.
Almost no private citizens are allowed to meet with these children, but a limited number of attorneys can under Flores and we need more volunteer attorneys on our team in light of the current crisis.
If you go to Brownsville (or one of the the other sites where children are being held), you can document who and where these children are, who their parents are, and as much as the children can recall of where and when they were separated from their parents so that we can provide that information to the court and seek their prompt reunification with their families.
There is no travel funding available and all work done is on a volunteer basis. If you cannot help with the visit at Casa Padre on July 12-13, we also will probably need volunteers for visits to the ORR/Southwest Key facilities once those dates are set.
If you are willing and able to volunteer, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you with paperwork to get your background check started and the introductions you need to possibly be added to the Flores team.
History, as well as present conditions around the world tell us how critical this process and information are in circumstances like we are witnessing here. The separation of these children from their families highlights a dark point in our unfolding history as a nation. Today, I am so grateful for the rule of law and attorneys, other professionals, and lay volunteers who are working so hard to shine a light on these children's plight in order to provide a path forward for them and their families, as well as for society overall.
Regardless of how you are trying to help, thank you for all you are trying to do!
Serie de Bienestar se Terminó
Nuestro último seminario de Bienestar se llevó a cabo hoy día con el tema de "Como controlar el stress" presentado por Daniella Ochoa, Health Educator de Sea Mar.
Latino Expo 2018 Vendor Information Released
Prospective vendors at Expo Latino 2018 should complete their application and submit it before July 5 to enjoy a reduced booth fee.
Vendors: Please join Latino Educational Training Institute, Las Americas Business Center, Edmonds Community College, and Verdant Health Commission for Latino Expo 2018, to be held on August 4, 2018 at Edmonds Community College.
The purpose of this event is to promote and create a network of support within the Latino community and provide information regarding health and safety, financial issues, government services, and offer free health screenings to our community members. The event will also include music, cultural dance, food, and a supervised children’s area.
Become a Sponsor: To make a real impact you can sponsor this event. Sponsorship levels include:Complete information for sponsors (PDF) is here.
BOOTH REGISTRATION FORM
Download PDF • Complete On Line
Confirmation of your booth will be mailed upon receipt of your application and fee. Booths will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
VENDOR INFORMATIONLOST OR STOLEN ITEMS: Participants are responsible for securing their own booth. Neither Las Americas Business Center nor LatinoEducational Training Institute will be responsible for any stolen/lost items.
The Expo will take place at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036, from noon to 5:00 pm, August 4, 2018. We hope you will join us in celebrating diversity and community in South Snohomish County.
For more information or to volunteer call (425) 775-2688; fax (425) 778-8213; or email us here.
Expo Latino 2018 May Happen
We await with bated breath the schedule for Expo Latino 2018, which we understand is spectacular, filled with events, information and fun for all. This year's sarcasm booth will be particularly exciting.
LLI Graduation Program Set
Attached is the schedule for the Latino Leadership Initiative's graduation ceremony to be held Saturday, 10:00 AM to noon at Edmonds Community College, Woodway Hall Suite 200, 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036.
EDCC's Culinary Arts Program, Training to feed the NW since 1987
Our neighbors at Edmonds Community College have developed an excellent culinary arts program. Here's a preview.
Hazel Miller Foundation Renews Support for 'Bienestar' Program in 2018
LETI is pleased to announce the renewal of a grant from Seattle's Hazel Miller Foundation in support of our popular Bienestar de la Mujer Latina (Latin American Women's Well-being) program. The grant was announced earlier this month in a letter from the Foundation transcribed here.
The following is a testimonial we recently received from former participants in the Bienestar program.
Pictured at a recent, related event honoring LETI volunteers and graduates are (L-R)
Jose Tello, Xkorpis Graphics, graphic design volunteer for LETI since 1998;
Rosario Reyes, LETI Founder and Executive Director;
Maria Urrunaga, Las Americas Business Center;
Betty Koteles, EdCC, Spanish GED Instructor;
Quintin Gomez and Maria Rodriguez, Bienestar graduates, LETI Financial Literacy graduates and currently, EdCC students in Spanish GED;
Jonny Hernandez, EdCC, Spanish GED Tutor;
Tom Laing, LETI Director of Development;
Michaela Sarmiento, Bienestar graduate, LETI Financial Literacy graduate.
(Click the image for a larger view.)
Sponsors: Plan Now for Leadership Gala May 5
LETI and the Latino Educational Training Institute (LETI) invite you to become a sponsor or a table captain for the graduating Class of 2018 at the 5th Annual “Latino Leadership Initiative Dinner Dance Fundraiser” on Saturday May 5th, 2018 Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
Your support will give 36 Latino students from Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, and Skagit Valley College the opportunity to learn leadership skills through a series of leadership workshops, mentoring programs, and an extensive community group service project to increase the quantity and quality of Latino Leaders in our communities.
Time: 6 PM to Midnight (note change from original announcement)
Date: May 5, 2018
Place: Community Senior Center Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
Click on the adjacent image for a printable reminder. Click the link below the article for an reservation form.
Edmonds College President Hernandez Retires
LETI Board members and friends surround outgoing Edmonds Comm College Jean Hernandez at the Oct. 4 dedication of a student center "reflection room" in her honor.
Dr. Hernandez has worked closely with LETI for several years to establish cooperative ventures that extend the college's mission with outreach to the Hispanic communities of South Snohomish County.
Leadership Kickoff Evokes Strong Student Response
The kickoff event of Latino Leadership Initiative for 2018 was held January 6th at Edmonds Community College. The following are comments taken from student evaluations.
“What was the highlight of today?.
Please name two ideas or statements of today that you won’t forget easily.