INVESTMENT MENU 2008
LULAC Leadership Initiative: The LULAC Leadership
Initiative is an ambitious project to revitalize Hispanic neighborhoods from
within by creating a nationwide network of innovative grass roots service
programs in over 500 Hispanic communities served by LULAC Councils. The
project will identify best practices, publish a model program guide, and
provide organization and training through ten regional offices. Total yearly
LULAC Convention: The annual LULAC National Convention
convenes the LULAC membership in a week long event consisting of workshops,
exhibits, banquets, the election of LULAC’s national officers, and a general
assembly to set the organization’s priorities and establish its positions on
issues of critical concern to the Hispanic community. Topics at the
convention include education, women’s issues, employment, federal workshops,
leadership, health, small business development, and corporate relations.
Total yearly budget: $2,000,000.
LULAC National Legislative Awards Gala: The LULAC National
Legislative Awards Gala brings together members of the U.S. Congress, the
LULAC membership, business leaders, and community activists in Washington,
D.C. during February or March. This formal banquet highlights national
policy issues that are having an impact on the Hispanic community. Total
yearly budget: $500,000.
LULAC Technology Centers: This network of 56 community
technology centers provides free high speed internet access and
computer-related training to students, parents, and low income individuals.
The emphasis is to empower those without access to the internet by providing
that access and training them on using computers and the internet to do
their school work, college and financial aid searches, job training,
job-searches, and managing their money. Total yearly budget: $1,000,000.
LULAC Youth Leadership: This leadership development
program for at-risk youth encourages participants to conduct community
service projects, meet with positive role models and explore alternatives to
violence and crime. Total yearly budget: $200,000.
LULAC Credit Smart Project: This project provides training
to Hispanic consumers about how to manage their finances and make prudent
purchasing decisions. The project develops model training programs for
helping members of the fastest growing consumer market to make wise
financial decisions. Total yearly budget: $100,000.
LULAC NEWS: LULAC publishes a semi-monthly magazine to
keep the LULAC membership informed of the organization’s activities and to
highlight the successes of the organization. In addition, the LULAC NEWS
carries national and regional information about issues of importance to the
Hispanic community. The magazine is mailed to all LULAC members and to other
influential individuals. The cost of production is financed through
advertisements placed in the publication. Total yearly budget: $150,000.
Immigration & Citizenship: The immigration and citizenship
program assists individuals applying for US citizenship to complete their
applications and to place them in citizenship classes. The program utilizes
an 800 number for interested individuals to call for assistance and
referral. The program also works closely with LULAC councils throughout the
country to provide outreach to the immigrant community and set up
citizenship and English classes when needed. Total yearly budget: $250,000.
Voter Education & Registration Project: LULAC’s national
voter education and registration campaign increases Hispanic participation
in the democratic process by engaging local councils in registering voters
and educating voters about important issues. Total yearly budget $350,000.
LULAC Health Commission: The LULAC Health Commission
advocates for policies and legislation, training, and public health
education programs that improve the physical, behavioral, and mental health
and well-being of Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico. The
commission focuses its attention on health issues that affect Hispanics in
higher percentages than the general population including insurance,
prescription drugs, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and AIDS. Total
yearly budget: $150,000.
Housing Commission: The National LULAC Housing Commission
raises the level of understanding and awareness regarding housing issues.
The commission promotes home ownership among Hispanic Americans and
advocates for more responsive housing legislation and regulations with the
regard to the Hispanic community. Total yearly budget: $850,000.
Civil Rights Conference: The National LULAC Civil Rights
conference raises the level of understanding and awareness regarding civil
rights issues in education, housing, immigration, voting rights, employment,
contracting, and lending opportunities. The LULAC Civil Rights commission
hosts an annual civil rights symposium which convenes LULAC members,
Hispanic activists, scholars, community members, government representatives
and corporate representatives to develop strategies that advance the civil
rights of the Hispanic Americans. Total yearly budget: $250,000.
Women’s Conference: The LULAC Women’s conference brings
together women from across the country to develop leadership and employment
programs for Hispanic women. The conference features workshops on conducting
a job search, opportunities in higher education, advocacy training and
Hispanic women’s health issues. The total cost is $250,000.
LULAC Education Summit: The National LULAC Education
Commission develops strategies and programs that meets the educational needs
of the Hispanic community. The education commission conducts an annual
education summit that brings together representatives from grass roots
organizations, State Hispanic Commissioners, presidents of national Hispanic
organizations, educational program experts, corporate representatives, and
students to develop strategies that guide the efforts of LULAC, other
participating organizations and state governments in addressing the
educational needs of the Hispanic community. Total yearly budget: $250,000.
National Office—Washington, DC: LULAC has established a
permanent national office in Washington, D.C. with a full time staff. This
office coordinates implementation of LULAC's programs, impacts policy and
legislation at the national level, and handles the day to day administration
of the national organization. The staff also compiles issue briefs to keep
the LULAC membership informed of important national legislative and policy
initiatives. Total yearly budget: $1,784,620.
Executive Office—San Antonio, TX: The LULAC Executive
Office houses the LULAC National President and staff. This office
coordinates the National President's agenda, handles meetings, and
coordinates LULAC activities. Total yearly budget: $785,000.
LULAC State Offices—Austin, TX; Sacramento, CA: The LULAC
state offices advocate for the Hispanic community at the state level and
handle constituency requests within the state. Total yearly budget: $250,000
Educational Centers: The LULAC National Educational
Service Centers fifteen-site network of counseling centers assists eligible
youth to continue in and graduate from high schools and enroll in
institutions of higher learning. On an annual basis, LNESC enrolls over
16,000 youth into its comprehensive educational programs and provides
assistance to approximately 5% of all Hispanic students enrolling in
college. Total yearly budget: $3 million. Per center start-up cost:
LULAC National Scholarship Fund: Managed and administered
by LNESC, this scholarship program recognizes and rewards student
achievement in the Hispanic community by awarding more than half a million
in scholarships each year. The program matches funds raised locally by LULAC
councils with those of LNESC’s corporate contributors to increase the impact
of the scholarships. In 2004, 75 LULAC councils, representing 51 cities in
15 states, and 18 national corporations participated in the LNSF effort.
Over the past 26 years, over $13 million dollars has been awarded to almost
25,000 students. Total yearly budget: $1,000,000.
Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program: The LNESC
Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program develops the leadership skills of
Hispanic youth through the observation and analysis of social, economic, and
political issues and the leaders who deal with those issues. In addition,
the program engages the participants in a leadership project within their
own community. The program currently operates in the following 8 cities
Albuquerque, Chicago, Corpus Christi, Houston, Kansas City, Pueblo, Pomona
and Wichita. Total yearly budget: $200,000. Per site cost: $12,000.
LULAC Washington Youth Leadership Seminar: Administered by
LNESC, the LULAC Washington Youth Leadership Seminar is designed to provide
students with an understanding of how our government works and to explore
the current issues we face as a nation. Each October, 50-55 outstanding
Hispanic high school juniors and seniors are selected to attend a three-day
educational seminar in Washington, D.C. The seminar includes meetings with
senators and congressional representatives, White House officials, corporate
executives and other Washington professionals, and a tour of the city. Total
yearly budget: $52,000.
Young Readers: The Young Readers program encourages
children to make reading a life-long habit. Thirty first, second and third
graders meet weekly for six weeks during the summer with a reading teacher
in a program designed to make reading fun. Reading sessions are enhanced by
trips to the movie theater, the museum and the newspaper printing press.
Games, treats and prizes help turn an educational experience into a fun
summertime activity kids look forward to week after week. LNESC will
implement the Young Readers program in 20 cities in 2004. Total yearly
budget: $100,000. Per site cost: $10,000.
Science Corps: The Science Corps program is designed to
encourage Hispanic middle school students to increase their interest in the
fields of mathematics and science. Twenty middle school students meet weekly
during the school year with a science facilitator who involves them in
entertaining science oriented activities, takes them on field trips to
interesting places where they can see science in action, and exposes them to
role models in scientific fields. Each month has one of the branches of
science as its theme. In addition, the science facilitator helps the
students to sponsor science related events at their school. LNESC will
implement the Science Corps program in 20 cities in 2004. Total yearly
budget: $200,000. Per site cost: $15,000.