Latino Leadership Program

Graduates of the Latino Leadership Program at Wilder

The Latino Leadership Program (Programa de Liderazgo Latino) is for Latinx who want to strengthen their skills and connections so they can be more involved in their Saint Paul and East Metro communities. The leadership program is part of Wilder’s Neighborhood Leadership Program. Read about the Latino Leadership Program in Spanish. Financial support for this program has been provided by the Latino Consent Decree Program, Saint Paul Public Schools and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Wilder has made the incredibly difficult decision to end the Latino Leadership Program. We know the absence of this program will be felt throughout the community. We will make every effort to work with other organizations who may be able to take up these important leadership programs. If you have questions, please contact Damon Shoholm at damon.shoholm@wilder.org.

About the Latino Leadership Program

The Latino Leadership Program brings together about 35 people who want to make a difference in our schools, communities and neighborhoods.

Program Overview:

  • Cost is free
  • Sessions conducted in Spanish
  • Topics include leadership styles, teamwork, conflict resolution, public speaking
  • Training methods include learning activities, small group discussions, exchange of personal experiences
  • Childcare is available
  • Transportation may be available, depending on location.

Program Length & Format:

  • 7 weeks, 6 sessions and a graduation
  • Sessions held at the Saint Paul Public Schools Administration building located at 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, or at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway N., Saint Paul, MN  55104

Participant Requirements:

  • Spanish-speaking LatinX
  • Age 18+ 
  • Live, work or volunteer in Saint Paul or the East Metro area (limited spots are available to participants outside this area)
  • Beginning involvement, or seeking to get more involved, in the community, a school or neighborhood

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Blanca Yareth Lopez, a graduate of the Latino Leadership Program at Wilder

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