The HOPE Leadership Institute 2022 Cohort Application is now closed. 

HOPE Leadership Institute Requirements


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.


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 (should we transition into in-person programming).

  • 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. 


Participant Commitment
As a HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) participant you must attend all 5 sessions; sessions are intensive, all-day workshops, and 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. Due to COVID-19, the HLI 2022 cohort will begin its first training through virtual programming and in-person trainings would be re-assessed for the remaining sessions depending on containment of the global pandemic and safety guidelines. HLI participants must agree to "give or get" a donation of $540 to HOPE before the end of the program in September 2022 and participate in the yearly HLI Challenge in the fall. Donations to HOPE through the Friends of HOPE network are an investment in the continuous development of Latina leaders statewide and are critical components in the success of our programs and conferences each year. It is the goal of the organization that HLI become a self-sustained program and to achieve that we need the generous contributions from HLI Alumnae and current participants.



The following components are required to complete the application:

  • Submit an online application by the deadline November 21, 2021.

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Headshot (preferably high resolution .png or .jpeg). No selfies are accepted.

  • $100 non-refundable application fee payable online or by check.

  • 1-2 HLI alumnae/HOPE Network Referrals (referrals to be listed on the application. Please note referrals will be contacted).

  • RECOMENDED: 1-2 emails of support from HLI, members of the HOPE network, or other professional contacts. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded with the application on its due date.


Additional Information

  • Referrals from HLI alumnae are highly recommended.             

  • The average age of the participant is over 35 years old.

  • Selection is based on regional affiliation – Northern, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego. An emphasis will be placed on recruitment in the Inland Empire, Central Valley, and Northern California.

  • 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.​

The HOPE Leadership Institute 2022 Calendar*

*All dates are subject to change

HOPE Leadership Institute Training Sessions

Session I: The Political Process - Sacramento

HLI kicks off with the “Boot Camp” session where participants hammer out 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, viewing 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 Session -
Los Angeles/ Bakersfield

This session starts with a two day public policy seminar through the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in Los Angeles. The program will feature some of USC’s most renowned professors as well as industry experts. Originally known as the Central Valley session, this session was created to explore important issues in the region such as the environment, agriculture, farm worker needs, population growth and teen pregnancy prevention. 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 UFW.

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 discussing key issues with US Congressional Members, Senators and members of the President’s Administration. The participants take part in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Policy Conference, a national conference discussing key policies that impact Latinos. Graduation wraps up a year of skill building, experiential learning, and creating a dynamic network.


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

Stephanie Ramírez Zárate

Senior Program Manager