Apply Now for Emerging Latino Leaders Spring 2017 Fellowship: Your Country, Your City, Your Voice


Application deadline is December 16th at 11:59pm

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us at or call us at 832.746.1108.

WHAT TO EXPECT: This leadership program is focused on teaching civic engagement skills to equip the students with the tools to be life-long engaged community members. Our curricula was developed by a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as well as the Mi Familia Vota – Houston staff..

We are looking for high school students who are interested in learning more about the issues that affect their community, and what they can do to empower themselves and others to do something about them. A very large part of the fellowship is taking part in hands-on experiences out in the community. These experiences, by design, will challenge fellows’ comfort zones, which is a part of growing and gaining new skills including increased self confidence and heightened auto-efficacy. Past fellows have spoken in front of a rally at City Hall, many fellows have been featured in news pieces by local and international media and one fellow was invited to meet the President inside the Oval Office at the White House.

The Emerging Latino Leaders Fellowship will begin with a three-day training session from January 20-22 (location TBA) where fellows will learn to share their stories, about the issues that affect their community, and what they can do to empower themselves and others to do something about them. After this training, we will focus on putting our newly acquired skills to work as we empower others in our community to get involved.

Key Dates:

3 Day training: January 20-22
Last Session: May 23-24
Graduation: Week of May 22

We are a non-partisan program and welcome people with different perspectives, to add to our rich, respectful dialogue.

Schedule of lunchtime on campus sessions:

Date Activity Theme
January 4 First Day of School (January 4)
January 20-22 Three Day Training
January 24-45 Session 1
January 31-1 Session 2
February 7-8 Session 3
February 14-15 Session 4
February 21-22 Session 5
February 28-29 Session 6
March 6-9 TAKS testing
March 13-17 Spring Break (March 13-17)
March 21-22 Session 7
March 28-29 Session 8
April 4-5 Session 9
April 11-12 Session 10
April 18-19 Session 11
April 25-26 Session 12
May 1-12 STAAR Testing
May 16-17 Last Session
May 23-24 Graduation
May 25 Last Day of School

Jorge Ramos, an encouraging voice for the Latino communities. 

Jorge Ramos, an award-winning journalist, has emerged as the voice for Hispanic communities across the nation. On March 24th Fortune Magazine listed Jorge Ramos as part of “The Worlds 50 Greatest Leaders” and in Time Magazine, Ramos was listed as part of “The 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States”. As a voice for the Latino communities, Ramos has, on numerous occasions, spoken out against injustices and has defended pro-immigration policies to stop the deportation of immigrants such as: the Dream Act, DAPA, and DACA. Through Ramos’ career as a journalist and his involvement in organizations such as the We United Dream Congress, where Ramos is the keynote speaker today, Ramos has continuously stood in solidarity with the Latino communities. Below are just a few Tweets from Jorge Ramos not only informing but also encouraging Latinos.

The first two tweets are from Jorge Ramos’ 2013 Tweets supporting the “Dreamers” and their movement.



As we skip to Ramos 2016 Tweets, Ramos has actively spoken out against discrimination/racism. Ramos also supported and informed the public with regards to Latinos being a dominant voting bloc.  And how that might play a role in determining the 2016 Presidential election race.

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Hispanic voting bloc

The rise of Republican nominee, Donald Trump, Ramos has taken the task to hold Trump accountable for all of Trump’s disparaging remarks on minorities.

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Despite Trump’s remarks on minorities Jorge Ramos has continuously supported and encouraged Latino students, leaders, and future leaders.

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Lastly, I would like to end with an encouraging Tweet by Jorge Ramos who quotes Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor:



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