Thanks to the efforts of Latino organizations providing civic engagement and voter outreach programs to Latino youth, a historic number of young Latinos showed up to the polls in the 2018 midterms. In places like the Central Valley Latino youth voter turnout went up 258% from 2014 and overall Latino voter turnout increased by 18% in 2018.
In 2020, Latino Nonprofits will be at the forefront of mobilizing and engaging the 15 million Latinos currently living in California, the largest racial/ethnic community in the state.
It will be Latino nonprofits that ensure all Latinos are counted in the 2020 Census, and it will be those same organizations that guarantee all 7.9 million eligible Latino voters in California show up in record numbers to vote in California’s Primary Election and again during the general presidential election.
Because of their vital importance to ensure that Latinos, and especially young Latinos, are engaged and ready to participate in 2020 – here is a small list of 20 Latino-led nonprofits that are leading the way! For a more complete list of Latino nonprofits to support this year, please check out our Latino Power Map!
ACT FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS | Tulare County
ACT is creating a movement of young social justice leaders who raise their voices to impact their communities, state and nation.
Brown Issues is cultivating the next generation of Brown Leaders through civic engagement, social emotional health support, and narrative change throughout college campuses in California.
CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANT YOUTH JUSTICE ALLIANCE | LA County
CIYJA is an immigrant youth-led organization that strengthens local and statewide grassroots organizing efforts to build collective power.
CHICANA LATINA FOUNDATION | San Mateo County
The Chicana Latina Foundation promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas. They encourage young women to use their talents to create positive social change and become involved, and engaged community members.
CHICANO LATINO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROJECT | Sacramento County
CLYLP is enhancing and developing the leadership potential of California’s youth as they prepare to become the future leaders of our state and nation.
CURYJ | Alameda County
CURYJ looks up to young people to lead the way by transforming community and investing in their healing, activism, and aspirations. Through building community relationships they mobilize young leaders to organize and create movements.
DOLORES HUERTA FOUNDATION | Central Valley
DHF’s mission is to create a network of organized, healthy communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation.
FAITH IN THE VALLEY | San Joaquin County
Faith in the Valley advances a movement for racial, economic, and environmental justice in local communities by building skills and leadership capacity of low income immigrant families and local communities.
FRESNO BARRIOS UNIDOS | Fresno County
FBU is supporting community transformation by empowering youth, young adults, and their families through advocacy, leadership activation, health education and wellness support services.
FUTURE LEADERS OF AMERICA | Ventura & Santa Barbara County
FLA teaches young leaders to take pride in their cultural diversity, strengthens leadership capacity, while inspiring a value in education to achieve one’s full potential for success through the academic, career, and life choices they.
HOMEY SF | SF County
Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY) is an 20 year old organization rooted in San Francisco. Since its development, HOMEY has shaped social and community justice issues for young people in the Mission district.
INNERCITY STRUGGLE | LA County
InnerCity Struggle’s focus is leading systemic change efforts, executing communications strategies, building grassroots leadership and mobilizing and engaging hundreds of youth and adult residents to deepen community commitment to movement building.
LOUD FOR TOMORROW | Kern County
LOUD For Tomorrow is creating an environment where youth can exercise their power through civic engagement, advocacy, & community healing.
ODAT | Contra Costa County
ODAT is providing education and leadership skills to empower youth with the confidence and life skills to make better choices, lead positive lives and be civically engaged.
NORTH BAY ORGANIZING PROJECT | Sonoma & Napa County
NBOP nurtures young Latino professionals, and youth who are eager to lead but lack a venue to do so.
POWER CA | Statewide
Power California harnesses the energy of young voters of color and their families to create a state that is equitable, inclusive, and just for everyone who call California home.
RESILIENCE ORANGE COUNTY | Orange County
ROC is a youth-oriented institution that works towards social-systemic transformation while promoting healing, trauma-informed and culturally relevant practices that are inclusive of all members of the community.
SIREN | Santa Clara & Fresno County
SIREN empowers immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy and legal services.
TODEC LEGAL CENTER | Inland Empire
TODEC seeks to empower disenfranchised immigrant communities to become economically, socially, educationally, and civically self-sufficient while enhancing individual self-esteem and community health.
YOUTH ALLIANCE | Santa Clara County
Youth Alliance strives to create thriving and equitable communities through comprehensive, innovative and culturally relevant services that equip youth and families to become change agents in their own lives and in their community.
Written by José Garcia, LCF Communications & Program Associate