HOPE Leadership Institute Requirements

Participant Qualifications         

Eligible applicants must:

  • Must be a recognized community leader with at least 5 years of leadership experience for example being on a Non-Profit Board, Commission etc.

  • Be a mid or high level professional ready for the next step in your career and leadership role in your community.

  • Reside in California.

HOPE selects participants through a competitive application process. HOPE selects a final class of approximately twenty.

Participant Commitment

As a HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) participant you must attend all 5 sessions; sessions are intensive, all-day workshops, see the training session calendar below for more details. You are expected to be present throughout the entirety of the session. Participants are expected to advocate on behalf of Latinas in Sacramento and Washington, DC. You should be dedicated to HOPE’s mission, must make a personal contribution to HOPE, and be committed to the sustainability of HLI and the organization.

In addition, there are individual and group assignments to be completed outside of each session. Please count on spending a minimum of 15-20 hours of group work and research per assignment       

HOPE Leadership Institute Training Sessions

Session I: The Political Process - Sacramento

HLI kicks off with a “Campaign Boot Camp” session where participants delve into the nuts and bolts of campaigning and the political process. This intensive training provides interaction with high-level consultants, elected officials, and Sacramento leadership. 

Session II: Latina History Day - Los Angeles

This session introduces the Latina Agenda with a specific focus on the health care, education, and economic empowerment policy issues most pressing to Latinas across the state. Participants will work on group projects to analyze, research, and discuss policy and issues through a “Latina lens.” Participants also join hundreds of local women and youth to celebrate Latina History Day. 

Session III: Latina Action Day - Sacramento

Latina Action Day Sacramento is where HLI participants put their skills and knowledge to work. This interactive session provides an understanding of the state budget and state legislative process. Using group case studies as a foundation, participants use their research, analysis and advocacy skills to engage state Assembly Members and Senators in meaningful dialogue.

Session IV: Central Valley - Los Angeles/ Bakersfield

This session starts with an academic seminar through the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in Los Angeles. The program features some of USC’s most renowned professors as well as industry experts. We explore important issues in the Central Valley such as the environment, agriculture, farm worker needs, and population growth. In addition to celebrating Latina leadership and interacting with the local elected officials, the participants explore the concept of community legacy through ethical leadership while visiting La Paz, the burial site of Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers.

Session V: National Advocacy Session - Washington, D.C.

During the final session participants put ALL their research, analysis, and advocacy skills to work on the Hill to discuss key issues with US Congressional Members, Senators and members of the President’s Administration. Graduation wraps up a year of skill building, experiential learning, and creating a dynamic network.

The HOPE Leadership Institute 2019 Calendar*

Dates Session & Location
January 24-26, 2019 Session I, Sacramento
March 7-9, 2019 Session II, Los Angeles
May 21-23, 2019 Session III, Sacramento
July 17-20 2019
Session IV, Los Angeles & Bakersfield
Sept/Oct 2019
(3 days, DTBA)
Session V, Washington D.C.

*All dates are subject to change

Program Cost

There is no program fee for participation in HLI. However participants are responsible for:

  • All travel costs to and from sessions.
  • Accommodation costs for Session IV in Los Angeles & Bakersfield.
  • Conference fees and any other books and materials needed.
  • Total estimated cost: $1,000 - $1,500.

Participants are encouraged to seek employer or corporate sponsorship. Partial travel scholarships are available based on income level.


Click here to apply to participate in the HLI Class of 2019.         


For questions or more information about the HOPE Leadership Institute contact:

Belinda Barragan
Programs & Policy Director
Meagan Elizondo
Programs & Policy Manager