UNITED LATINOS STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
“Taking on the Role to Educate & Inspire Today’s Youth”
- To get youth involved with the United Latinos and embrace the fact that they are the future members and policy makers
- To address Literacy & Truancy issues, guide post-secondary students towards Math, Sciences, Engineering and IT Degrees and segway to career paths and to mentor students on campus regarding campus life, social awareness and career choices
- To diversify the efforts of the United Latinos
- Select executive committee within United Latino Members and place one student on the United Latino BOD
- Develop the necessary tools and curricula that will demonstrate that grass roots organizations are willing to address current and future social issues primarily facing Latino students
- Market efforts within social media outlets and outreach venues
- Provide mentoring opportunities from college students to selected high school students
- To provide a more positive affect regarding the social issues that can be changed by our political system
- To encourage students to participate in political studies and make changes that need to be made for the betterment of our society
- To instill a sense of accomplishment, team work, commitment and due diligence dealing with today’s issues; such as literacy, housing, education, health, immigration and employment opportunities.
UNITED LATINOS STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOCUS AREAS 2014-2015
I. Reach out to young Latinos and encourage them to vote and become members of the United Latinos
II. Address the Literacy & Chronic Truancy Issue amongst Latino Youth, their Parents and the Community
III. Promote IT, Math, Sciences, Engineering Degrees, Beginning in Middle School, for future careers and to
IV. Mentor 1st Generation Latino Post-Secondary College Students the Campus Environment
THE 5 W’S: HOW TO ORGANIZE THE UNITED LATINO’S STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
The information below is a guide for developing the United Latino’s Student Development Council. The order of the “W” questions isn’t as important as thinking about the answers to all the questions.
The 5 W’s are the questions: Why? Who? What? When? Where? These questions need to be discussed with the United Latino’s sitting Board of Directors and thought about within the organization. It may be interesting to see how or if the responses/ideas differ among the committee chair & members, teachers, staff, current students, and former students.
Why does our program need a student council? How will it serve our goals?
What are the goals of the students, program director, teachers, and community?
What do we want to accomplish in the short-term and the long-term?
What do we mean by “student council”? What is the purpose of a student council?
What is the purpose of student council meetings?
The United Latinos is prepared to educate post-secondary students on its mission and vision statement regarding the political process in the United States. The organization is also prepared to tap into local high schools that are interested in the voting process of their community. Reaching out to high school students must be done effectively so the high school administrators understand the mission and vision of the United Latinos. The organization feels the political process affects everyone in today’s society and individuals are the ones who make a difference by “getting involved”.
The goals of the students will be measured by its objectives and how those objectives are met. The students, that are members, will be future leaders of the United Latinos and their community. The United Latinos will be able to excite those political science majors that grass root community organizations have a voice in society and willing to address current legislation and or revise to improve laws for its citizens.
The short term is to get the students in as members of the Untied Latinos and have them participate in local Educational Forums and Speaker Series hosted by the organization during election and non-election years.
The long term goal is for them to understand the social issues facing not only the Latino Community but their community as a whole; how to get involved with the guidance of the United Latino’s Board of Directors; to be inspired by those that can make a differences as elected officials in the community; to meet individuals that will promote their ideas and allow them to have a voice within the organization.
The United Latinos need students that are political science majors to understand that organization such as this to reach the citizens of the community and provide these events that showcase those potential leaders in the community.
The Student Development Council meetings will allow students to understand the process of facilitating meetings, making presentations, collect and research data, make contacts in their community and understand individual’s platforms that will hold public office and report back to the United Latinos Board of Directors in a professional manner.
Who are the targeted participants that will benefit from the United Latino’s efforts to establish a Student Development Council?
Post secondary students that are political science majors need a grass roots organization to assist in them acquiring their major or minor in the is field of academia, which includes; American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Law, Public Policy and Theory.
At the high school level a clear partnership must be developed with the school principal, staff and college prep individual. This will be important to see if any of the targeted high schools feel educating their student populace on government. This partnership allows the United Latinos to be a part of their student government agenda.
The United Latinos will provide quest speakers of college graduates that have acquired their political science major and what course of action is taken in their career path after college.
What are the needs, concerns and interests of the students?
What tool will be used as a measuring guide?
Have the students develop a 500 word essay on their needs, concerns and interests.
A needs assessment questionnaire will be developed for each post-secondary and high school student to complete. A needs assessment matrix can be developed for the students to track various needs, concerns and interests. The United Latinos are interested in what social and community issues they are most concerned about. The student advisory council will allow them to identify issues and brainstorm and “how can I make a difference in my community”. This allows them to develop process and implement them in their communities.
The United Latinos will recommend that all students take an active role in the council and make sure that the student leaders understand the objectives and goals of the United Latino’s Strategic Plan.
When will the students meet?
What information will be relayed to the United Latinos Board of Directors by the Student Development Council?
The initial plan is for the Student Development Council to meet every other month. Once they meet they can attend the monthly board of director’s meeting and be put on the agenda for their monthly report. This will allow the board of directors to inquire about their efforts and provide recommendations for improvement.
Where will the students be allowed do to hold their respective meetings?
The location for their meetings will be determined once certain parameters are developed and implemented. The United Latinos will oversee the process but wants the Student Advisory Council to take ownership of their efforts. The decision process will be monitored by the committee chair and members. Transportation will be taken under consideration by the board of directors. Also, it is recommend that food and beverages be provided for the meetings.
Minutes for 10-04-2014 Click Here SDCMeetingMinutesofOct.4,2014
Minutes for 10-25-2014 Click HERE
2013-14 Scholarship Recipient Italia Garcia was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She graduated from UC Davis in June of 2014 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Women Studies. She has been involved in immigrant rights organizations such as the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, the California Dream Network and Reform Immigration for America. While attending Riverside City Colleg she co-founded the Undocumented Student Group and served as the Student Body President.
United Latinos is looking forward to expanding our scholarship program this year. Plans call for a minimum of 2 scholarships to be given out. We will keep you posted via our website, newsletter and email lists of upcoming details.
Ronald Jimenez of United Latinos is currently developing a Student component of the organization. It will involve mentoring, leadership and much more. Visit our website regularly to learn of more details.
Ronald F. Jimenez
Director of Community Outreach/Youth Programs