Facts About HOPE

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) was founded in 1989 by a dynamic and politically influential group of Latinas representing the full spectrum of business, political, and social tenets.

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Key Founding Dates

1989 – HOPE founded

1991  The Latina History Day Conference, for which Latina History Day in California was created, draws over 600 women to celebrate the historic accomplishments of Latinas and partake in forums on corporate advancement, the state of public education, and financial empowerment. Scheduled annually on the second Friday of March, Latina History Day is the only conference in Los Angeles that is designed specifically to meet the needs of Latina professionals; offering her resources, skills development, and networking opportunities to advance her career.

1995  The Latina Action Day Sacramento Conference convenes 600 Latina leaders from all regions of California in Sacramento for an annual public policy issues conference. This one day conference is designed to facilitate dialogue between corporate and community Latina leaders and elected officials on public policies affecting Latinas in California. Through townhalls, public hearings, and workshops, HOPE presents up to date information, analysis, and access to decision makers on critical issues such as access to healthcare, higher education, and the California State budget. 

1999  The HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) is the first and only statewide leadership program specifically designed for professional Latinas in California. The goal is to train Latinas in vital leadership and advocacy skills, enabling them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods and across California. The HLI spans ten months, January through October, and includes five 3-4 day training sessions.  Training sessions are intense, full day, and inclusive of academic seminars, personal assessments, group work, group presentations, lobbying and advocacy, field trips, networking receptions, and conference attendance. In between sessions, participants are assigned both individual and group research projects.

2004  The Youth Leadership through Literacy Program (YLTLP) is a statewide development program designed to prepare low-income, high school age Latinas for a self-sufficient future that will allow for economic and political parity through a college education. The objectives of the YLTLP include college preparation, financial empowerment, enhanced civic participation and the promotion of healthy living. HOPE’s YLTLP will reach 300 high school aged Latinas annually.  Twenty-four of those Latinas will participate in a targeted program over a 6 month period (Track 1), while the rest (Track 2) will convene during HOPE’s two largest conferences, HOPE Latina History Day and Latina Action Day Sacramento.

2005  The Financial Success Program is an innovative financial literacy program designed for both the emerging Latina professional to build her foundation and the established Latina professional to add to and safeguard her financial investments. The program covers 14 topics that are key to achieving financial freedom, flexibility, and independence. The Financial Success Program has been designed using a multi-prong approach consisting of expert financial advice, purposeful curriculum, self-directed experiential learning, and peer-to-peer coaching. At the completion of the program participants are armed with new tools to navigate their own financial destiny.

2006  The College Edition of the Financial Success Program is designed for the emerging Latina who is currently in college, to arm her with new tools to navigate her own financial destiny and build her financial foundation. The program assists participants with identifying their financial goals and attaining them, discovering strategies to get out of debt and increase savings, crafting a realistic budget and getting the motivation to stick with it.  The College Edition conference calls also focus on understanding student loans and credit cards and their effects. The final calls provide participants with an understanding of common human resources practices such as salary and benefits in preparation for their first career position.

2008  HOPE.ACT.VOTE Launch: HOPE.ACT.VOTE is an innovative online advocacy center that aims to connect 1.6 million Latina registered voters with groundbreaking cutting edge information, message boards, and advocacy tools to advance legislation impacting Latinas in the areas of quality education, healthcare expansion for all, increased economic and civic empowerment.