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Plan Now for LETI's 20th Anniversary Celebration
We've been working with local hispanic families for 20 years. To coin a phrase, time flies when you're making an impact! Watch this space for details on how you can help us celebrate and participate meaningfully in our next 20 years of service.
Serie 3 'Bienestar' Comienza 5 de Septiembre
The popular 'Bienestar Total de la Mujer Latina' series resumes with season 3 on September 5. Topics focus on the needs of the modern latinx family in the Northwest. Participants my register at the first session or by calling the number on the attached flyer.

La serie popular Bienestar Total de la Mujer Latna comienza de nuevo el 5 de septiembre en la sala de clase de LETI. Temas de interés son enfocados en la familia moderna latinx del noroeste. Se puede registrarse durante de la primera sesión o por llamar por teléfono según el flyer siguiente.

LETI se realiza cada miércoles en 6605 SW 202nd St, Lynnwood, WA.
ESD Formalizes Support for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Washington
OLYMPIA – Just days before National Labor Rights Week, leaders from the Employment Security Department (ESD) and the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle signed an agreement today formalizing their partnership to help Mexican nationals understand their rights to employment and unemployment services in Washington.

Washington state is home to nearly a million Hispanics of various nationalities. The Consulate of Mexico in Seattle provides services to approximately 850,000 Mexican and Mexican-American people that live in the States of Washington, Idaho and Alaska. ESD provides unemployment insurance benefits to about 6,000 claimants each year who select Spanish as their language preference.

ESD also is a partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which delivers employment services to thousands of Hispanic customers throughout the state. Washington is in the top five states nationally in the number of migrant seasonal farmworkers of all nationalities served—with nine offices where 10 percent or more of the annual participants in employment services are migrant seasonal farmworkers (MSFW).

ESD’s MSFW and Spanish outreach staff work across the state to help workers access employment services and assist them in acquiring new job skills and unemployment benefits, including participating in the Consulate on Wheels events throughout the year.

Federal law requires that ESD maintain a complaint system for both migrant and non-migrant workers. The new agreement of cooperation directs the consulate to refer all labor-related concerns to ESD’s formal complaint process for review, resolution or referral to the appropriate agency.

“We’re excited to partner with the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle to ensure more Mexicans and Mexican-Americans are aware of and benefiting from Washington’s workforce programs,” said Employment Security Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “Our organizations will be strengthened by working together.”

“In the framework of the Labor Rights Week, the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle is glad to join forces with ESD through an agreement of cooperation that has the goal of improving the working conditions of Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Washington state,” said Dr. Roberto Dondisch, Consul of Mexico in Seattle.

An implementation team comprised of representatives from both organizations will be established to develop an action plan and to identify roles and responsibilities for working together. Once implemented, the team will meet twice yearly to evaluate the effectiveness of the partnership and develop ideas for improvement.

The organizations also will coordinate outreach activities at conferences, community meetings and other events.
Serie 'Bienestar' Comienza 9 de Septiembre

Una temporada nueva de nuestra serie popular Bienestar de la Mujer Latina comienza el 9 de septiembre y continua hasta el 19 de diciembre. Cada miércoles a las 10 de la mañana se presentan varios temas como derechos legales, cuentas bancarias, salud, asuntos familiares, control del estrés, etc., con huespedes expertas en cada tema. Cuidado de niños es disponible. Toda información se presenta bilingüe con traducciön como se requiere. Asiste todas las semanas y recibe gratis una canasta de Navidad. Haz clic aquí para descargar más información imprimible.

A new term of LETI's popular Bienestar" (Well-being) for the Latina Woman series will begin Sept 9th and continue every Wednesday through Dec 19th, 10 am - 12 pm. Different weekly topics and guest speakers. Topics include legal rights, banking, family finance, starting a business, child care options, stress managment and more. Presented bilingually with translation as required. Child care available. Attend all 16 weeks and receive a free Christmas dinner basket. Click here to download the printable syllabus.

Funded in part by Hazel Miller Foundation.

Latino Expo 2018 Sets New Participation Standard
The 18th Latino Expo was held August 4 at Edmonds Community College. It set new records for vendor and informational booths, and attendance surpassed all previous years.

Karat Mercedes Garcia of radio El Rey 1360 AM, opened the program along with Miss Washington Latina Edith Gonzales, and Miss Washington Teen Latina Janice Jimenez.

One lucky participant won a drawing for a 50-inch, flat-screen TV receiver in the "Early Bird Raffle."

LETI Founder and CEO Rosario Reyes introduced dignitaries including Dr. Amit Singh, President of Edmonds Community College, Shannon Sessions, Lynnwood City Council Member, and Vanesa Gutierrez, Community Relations Manager for Snohomish County.

A series of four workshops on occupational safety and health, sponsored by the Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries, began at 12:30 pm and continued through the afternoon.

Musical and cultural presentations were offered by Mexican folkloric group Guelaguetza, Mariachi International Mi Tierra,and David Lara with regional Mexican music.

A Children’s Regional Dress Contest was noteworthy by the difficulty of selecting a winner by audience acclamation, as all were happily and loudly received. A youth talent show drew a dozen young singers and musicians.

Former Edmonds Community College President Dr. Jean Hernandez presented a workshop on "Running Start" program, which prepares high school students who typically are the first generation of their family to seek a college education.

Various raffles continued through the afternoon, culminating in the award of a group of bicycles to a luck family.

67 vendors and approximately 800 friends of LETI attended the event. We tip our hats to Radio 1360 and Univisión for excellent coverage and publicity before and during the event.

Image shows dancers on stage and a set of bikes that were raffled at the end or the Expo to a family with very broad smiles as they rode off.
Download 2018 Expo Schedule
Click the following link for a fill-size view; then download as with any file. Haz clic en el siguiente enlace para mostrar el horario en tamaño original; entonces descargue como cualquier archivo.

Download • Descargue

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.

Read more at UWB Site

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.

FREE ADMISSION / ENTRADA GRATIS

  • Arts & Crafts / Artes y Artesanias
  • Free Health Check-Ups / Chequeos Médicos Gratuitos
  • South Snohomish County & Health
  • 60-minute worker Safety Training for Construction, Landscape, Warehouse, and Manufacturing
  • 60 minutos de clases y entrenamiento para seguridad del trabajador en: Construcción, Jardinerïa, Almacén y Fabricación
  • Local Vendors / Presentacion de Negocios Locales
  • Raffles and Talent Show / Rifas y Concurso de Talento
  • Live Entertainment / Entretenamiento en Vivo
  • Latin American Cuisine / Comida Latinoamericana
  • Children's Regional Dress Contest / Concurso de Trajes Regionales de Niños
  • Childcare and Entertainment Area / Zona de Cuidado y Entretenimiento de Niños
Beginning at noon. Comenzando al medio día.
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.

Full Article

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 wbinford@willamette.edu 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:

The categories of sponsorships are as follows: (Please circle desired level)
◊ Diamond $5,000
  • You will be recognized as a Prime Sponsor of the Expo.
  • Your name and logo will be added to all marketing and PR materials including: announcements on Spanish radio programs, TV shows, and newspaper articles. (Content submission due dates apply.)
  • Exhibitor table and banner display.
  • Full Page Ad in the printed program plus full page with graphic in our online directory* and sponsor list.
  • Opportunity to address the audience about your company and expertise.
 Ruby $2,500
  • Your logo will be added to all marketing and PR materials.
  • Exhibitor table and banner display
  • 1/2 Page Ad in the printed program; full page in our online directory*
 Emerald $1,500
  • Logo on event poster
  • Exhibitor table and banner display
  • 1/4 Page Ad in the printed program; full page in our online directory*
◦ Community Support $500
  • Logo on event poster, listing in our online directory
  • Exhibitor table
Complete information for sponsors (PDF) is here.

BOOTH REGISTRATION FORM

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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 INFORMATION

Vendors must read and agree with all fees and regulations contained in this Booth Registration document and agree to abide by all conditions.

Make check payable to LETI, and mail correspondence to: 6605 202nd St. SW, Suite 300, Lynnwood WA 98036. Payments must be received no later than July 14, 2018.

FOOD VENDORS

PERMITS: Food vendors must have a temporary permit to serve food on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from the Snohomish Health Department. For more information contact the Environmental Health Division. At all times during the event, there must be a person at the food booth with a valid food-handler’s permit.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Otherwise, food permit may be delayed and a late fee will apply.

ELECTRICITY: Please indicate on the front of your booth application if you will need electrical hookup. It is the responsibility of all vendors to bring their own power strip, surge protection, and electrical cord (100ft. suggested).

DISPLAY ITEMS: Booth vendors must supply their own tables, chairs, racks, lighting, canopies, etc.

SANITATION: All booths must supply trash receptacles, trash bags (with ties) and brooms. It is the responsibility of all vendors to bag, tie, and deposit trash in the appropriate area provided on the site. We will supply state required washing facilities.

LOST 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.
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