LATINA LEADERS OF KERN COUNTY

Building a Stonger Community, One Leader at a Time

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.kernlatinas.com

Mission

It is the mission of Latina Leaders of Kern County to foster leadership, to identify and develop opportunities for Latinas, and to influence key issues affecting our community.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Gabriela Gonzales

Vice President

January Lau

Main address

Po Box 2843

Bakersfield, CA 93302 USA

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EIN

01-0950580

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Latina Leaders of Kern County focuses on keeping local Latinas informed and involved in the community. The organization addresses the growing need to encourage the fastest growing segment of Kern’s population, Latinas. As identified by the mission, it is the goal of Latina Leaders to address leadership, identify and develop opportunities for Latinas, and to influence key issues affecting our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Latina Leadership Institute (LLI)

The goal is to guide/train Latinas in essential leadership and advocacy skills, empowering them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods throughout Kern County.

The Latina Leadership Institute is the first leadership program specifically designed for Latina women in Kern County. Initiated in 2012, the program consists of three training sessions (1 or 2-day trainings), plus a graduation ceremony. Training sessions are intensive full days which offer a combination of lectures, personal assessments, group work, field trips, lobbying, advocacy, and networking opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The goal is to continue developing a collaborative effort to educate and encourage young Latinas to get involved in the process of finding solutions to issues facing young women, especially Latinas. By providing the necessary tools, encouraging confidence and collaboration, and a unique opportunity for the girls to be exposed to current issues firsthand, we believe these young ladies will be well equipped with the ability to become leaders of tomorrow.

The program requires a full commitment from the students to learn from their peers and adult leaders, by participating in a series of workshops designed to prepare them for life choices. The young ladies are guided through a variety of topics: how to work in a team, college admissions/requirements/application, goal setting, and community engagement. Overall, the participants learn about themselves, their community, and the role they play in it.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Building a stronger community, one leader at a time; to provide Latinas with the tools to become their own advocate and to encourage them to find their voice in becoming the leader in their community they can be.

It is our goal to provide Latinas with opportunities to become leaders through different avenues. Whether it is for youth in the Youth Leadership Program (YLP), the Latina Leadership Institute (LLI), or the networking opportunities throughout the year.
YLP is an opportunity for high school Latinas to participate in a yearlong program designed to help Latinas and their families become better prepared to make positive and informed educational and life choices.
LLI is the first leadership program specifically designed for Latinas in Kern County. The goal of the Institute is to train Latinas in essential leadership and advocacy skills, empowering them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods throughout Kern County.

For 21 years Latina Leaders has functioned with an all-volunteer board and continues to do so. Each Board Member is passionate and committed to making sure that the programs continue to expand each year. Through grant writing and fundraising we have the opportunity to continue providing the leadership programs.

Latina Leaders holds a yearly Strategic Planning session to review the prior year’s activities, successes and room for improvement. Activities are referred to the Mission and if they continue to reflect the Mission.
Accomplished and next steps:
Over the years Latina Leaders has been able to expand its Youth Leadership Program to include over 200 high school girls; established an annual Empowerment Conference for high school girls that were unable to enroll in the Youth Leadership Program; hold varies networking events; invite women to attend community events and leadership opportunities.
In the next few years Latina Leaders is excited to continue to expand the Youth Leadership Program, the Latina Leadership Institute, and secure funding for a paid administrative assistant.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LATINA LEADERS OF KERN COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gabriela Gonzales

California Resources Corporation

Term: 2017 - 2021

Paula De La Riva-Barrera

Kern County Children and Families Commission

Connie Andreesen

United Farm Workers

Norma Rojas-Mora

Bakersfield College

January Lau

Keller Williams Realty

Xochitl Garcia

Lourdes Nilon

California State University, Bakersfield

Leticia Velasquez

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data