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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.

Read more at UWB Site

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.


  • 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 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.


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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.


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.


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.
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.

Click to download the program

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.

Latino Educational Training Institute
6605 202nd St. SW, Suite 300, Lynnwood, WA 98036

March 5, 2018

Diana White, Chair
Hazel Miller Foundation
Seattle, WA 98104

Dear Ms. White,

The Latino Educational Training Institute is proud to acknowledge the receipt of the generous grant of $10,000.00 from the Hazel Miller Foundation for the continuing support of the Latina Wellbeing Network and the "Bienestar Total de la Mujer Latina" program is now in its third year of providing vital informational and access to health, family, and educational resources to Latinas in South Snohomish County.

The Bienestar program continues to be the primary point of entry and first step for many of our local Latinas on their path to educational advancement and total family health. Many of the program participants also completed our Financial Literacy series and enrolled in Adult Spanish GED. We regularly see the Bienestar ladies engaging with and giving back to the community through volunteer participation with LETI and other community organizations at health fairs and local events.

We are extremely grateful that the Hazel Miller Foundation has chosen to continue to support the Latina Wellbeing Network, and we will continue to strive to deliver a program that supports Mrs. Miller's vision for the local community. Your support is truly changing lives and opening opportunities for Latino families in South Snohomish County.

Thank you again for giving LETI the opportunity to deliver the Bienestar program in 2018.

Signed in Original

Rosario Reyes
Executive Director

The following is a testimonial we recently received from former participants in the Bienestar program.

March 1, 2018

RE: Bienestar Total de La Mujer Latina

To whom it may concern:

I am writing this letter as a testimonial from us, Maria Rodriguez and my husband Quintin Gomez; that we have obtained lots of personal growth attending the Bienestar sessions. We have iearned of a multitude of resources in our community that we had no idea existed. By attending these sessions, we have made a lot of new friends. We took advantage of the Financial Literacy ciasses LET! offered and through one of the speakers from America Job Link, Mr. Francisco Pacheco, who helped us in creating a resume so complete with all our life experiences, we were amazed by the many calls we got. We were contacted even from people outside of the state and both of us were able to obtain jobs in this area.

It was thanks to our attendance to the workshops of Bienestar that helped us reaiize that we can dream big at any age. Currently, we have enrolled in the Spanish GED in the mornings. We attend the Goodwill Industries for computer classes in the afternoons, and in the evenings we come back to LETI for ESL classes in preparation to pursue a certificate in the future. We are very grateful for the services given by LETI and the kindness with which it was delivered.

Signed in Original

Maria Rodriguez & Quintin Gomez

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.

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?.

  • The digital Disruption explanation.
  • The speech of Dr. Antonio Sanchez when he reminded us to ask ourselves where our roots are coming from and to be proud of our culture and our language.
  • Seeing and hearing Jean Hernandez speak again was the highlight of the day.
  • The diverse history and informative details given by the speakers and the film were the highlight of the day.
  • Watching the film. (Harvest of Empire)
  • History and Contributions of Latinos in WA State.
  • Definitely the presentation done by Dr. Antonio Sanchez.
  • Dr. Antonio Sanchez and Juan, Luis and their passion when it comes to helping the Latino community.
  • The Panel discussions as well as the Documentary.
  • I really liked all the speakers, they all had something important to share.
  • Dr. Antonio Sanchez and John Kim were the ones who impacted the most.
  • John Kim was the most highlight for me because I didn’t have an idea how important it is to take step by step to achieve your goal in school.
  • I found the panel extremely informative; although all the information was interesting.
  • The History and Contributions of Latinos in WA State, but the movie was impressive.
  • To know where you are from, represent your culture.
  • Getting to learn about the REAL History of WA.

Please name two ideas or statements of today that you won’t forget easily.

  • If you don’t run for government someone else will make choices for you. “You have a voice and are empowered to do anything.
  • Career advice, preparing to work in a changing world.
  • That we are a presence in the U.S, your thoughts don’t have to be approved anymore.
  • If you are not involved, someone will be and they may not have your best interests in mind; be strong, be authentic.
  • The history of Latin America and how has it been affected by U.S..
Contribute to LETI While you Shop!
You can now contribute to LETI painlessly while you shop at By clicking the adjacent logo or the link below you can set up a special relationship whereby Amazon will contribute to LETI a portion of the value of each purchase.

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