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ALMA names recipients of Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2015-03-24

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The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) has announced the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship: Alfredo Flores and Roberto Mendez.

The scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latino and/or allies to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the largest LGBTQ conference in the country. They also attended the 3rd annual Union=Fuerza LGBTQ Latino Institute, where they will be among 200 LGBT Latino leaders.

ALMA press release

The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) is proud to announce the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship: Alfredo Flores and Roberto Mendez.

This year's scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latino and/or allies to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the largest LGBTQ conference in the country. At this conference our young leaders will learn new tools, network with other leaders, and get them further involved in LGBTQ social justice issues.

The ALMA Board of Directors would like to specially thank Comcast for sponsoring the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. We thank you for believing in our community, and our young leaders.

Alfredo is currently the MPowerment facilitator at CALOR, and he is also one of the creators of the web-series, QueerCode, which gathers members of the queer community to speak on various issues affecting our community. Roberto is currently the Intake and Referral Specialist at La Casa Norte, and he is an aspiring social worker, whose ultimate goal is to provide support for LGBTQ youth of color. Both Alfredo and Roberto are excited to attend Creating Change for the very first time, to learn from the though-proving workshops, and gain new skills. They will also be attending the 3rd annual Union=Fuerza LGBTQ Latino Institute, where they will be among 200 LGBT Latino leaders.

Recipients of the scholarship had to commit themselves to serving on ALMA's Youth Advisory Board for one year. The Youth Advisory Board will develop strategies to engage young LGBTQ Latinos and allies to work towards improving the our familias here in Illinois. We look forward to having Alfredo and Roberto join our inaugural Youth Advisory Board.

We received many applications from well-deserving young leaders. But due to resources, we were only able to select two individuals. Our selection committee, made up of some Board members and other leaders in the LGBTQ Latino community, deliberated long and hard. ALMA remains committed to working with all LGBTQ Latino youth and their allies. We look forward to all the work that Roberto and Alfredo will be doing this year.

The mission of the Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) is to fight for the rights of the Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community by advocating for fairness and equality, and affirming Latino LGBTQ culture.


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