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“Past trainings provided by the Latina Institute have helped me frame the messages around reproductive health and have connected me with other NYC Latinas working on similar issues. These trainings have been instrumental for someone who does not work in the reproductive justice field.”

- NLIRH Activist Diana Salas

Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy trainings (LOLA)

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has the objective of forming a diverse group of Latin@ leaders to promote the movement for reproductive justice. Our goal is to strengthen the voices of Latinas and empower them to be recognized as a powerful group with the capacity to influence public policy that is directly affecting our lives, our families, and our communities. The LOLA (Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy) Trainings are a step towards accomplishing those goals, for which we invite activists from different levels and experiences within the social justice realm to participate. The LOLA trainings are designed to be a space where we can share our experiences, learn new abilities, and work strategically on a campaign for reproductive health rights.

This intensive 3-day training will provide Latin@ activists with various different sessions including the history of the movement for reproductive rights, abortion access, models for community organizing and specific skills-building to prepare a campaign. After the training, graduates of the LOLA will continue being part of NLIRH's national network of Latin@ activists with the skills to become leaders in reproductive justice.

To register for this training, you will need to fill out an application. NLIRH reviews applications and follows up with a short phone interview. This is a competitive process and we have limited space available. If you are selected to participate in the training, please be prepared to fully commit to the three day training in its entirety.

Our bilingual (English & Spanish) LOLA trainings seek to build a group of Latina leaders, strengthen the voices of Latinas and enable them to be seen as a powerful group who can influence policy decisions that directly impact our lives, our families and our communities.

Specific training components include:

  • Latina Reproductive Health & Rights
  • Organizing 101: Introduction to Social Change Theory & Strategies
  • Building a Latina Movement
  • Communicating for Reproductive Justice
  • Starting a Reproductive Justice Campaign

Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

Building from the LOLA, the LDI provides LAN activists and leaders with additional training around leadership development, civic engagement strategies, and a media academy. The LDI provides the team with additional tools and skills to further develop as leaders and build a strategy for local engagement, as well as to begin climbing the NLIRH leadership ladder and engage in additional community leadership roles.   

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NLIRH also offers issue and skills based LOLA trainings, with priority access given to our Latina Advocacy Networks and members of sister organizations:

Reproductive Justice 101 & Launching a Reproductive Justice Campaign

This workshop will introduce participants to the reproductive justice framework and provide some basic tools for launching a reproductive justice campaign in your community.

Immigrant Rights as a Matter of Reproductive Justice

This workshop will make connections between the immigrant rights and reproductive justice movements. Participants will re-visit what is reproductive justice, delve into some immigration history and get a better understanding of why immigrant rights is a matter of reproductive justice. Participants will also learn about current issues at the intersections of immigrant rights and reproductive justice and how they can get involved.

Participatory Action Research (PAR)

PAR is one of the tools that can be used by activists, promotores, and other community members to make changes that improve reproductive and social justice. In PAR, community members are researcher-activists. They document their community’s needs and strengths. They then use that information to make policy and program changes that advance the reproductive health of Latinas, their families and their communities. This kind of advocacy combines social science research, education and transformative action. Participants will learn about PAR and will leave with a plan for creating and implementing a PAR project in their community.

Unplanned Pregnancy Options Counseling & Values Clarification

This workshop will help participants create the space to talk with a woman about her options while facing an unplanned pregnancy. In addition, participants will explore their own values around the three options facing a woman with an unplanned pregnancy: adoption, parenting, and abortion.

Interested in learning more about these trainings? Email angy@latinainstitute.org.

Regional LOLA Training

Regional lola training: latinas organizing for leadership and advocacy

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has the objective of forming a diverse group of Latin@ leaders to promote the movement for reproductive justice. Our goal is to strengthen the voices of Latinas and empower them to be recognized as a powerful group with the capacity to influence public policy that is directly affecting our lives, our families, and our communities. The LOLA (Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy) Trainings are a step towards accomplishing those goals, for which we invite activists from different levels and experiences within the social justice realm to participate. The LOLA trainings are designed to be a space where we can share our experiences, learn new abilities, and work strategically on a campaign for reproductive health rights.

This intensive 3-day training provides Latin@ activists with various different sessions including the history of the movement for reproductive rights, abortion access, models for community organizing and specific skills-building to prepare a campaign. After the training, graduates of the LOLA will continue being part of NLIRH's national network of Latin@ activists with the skills to become leaders in reproductive justice.

To register for this training, you must fill out an application. When a Regional LOLA Training becomes available, information on how and when to apply will appear here. After NLIRH reviews your application, the organization will contact you for a short phone interview. This is a competitive process and we have limited space available. If you are selected to participate in the training, please be prepared to fully commit to the three day training in its entirety.

The specific components of the training include:

  • The reproductive health rights of Latinas: History of feminism and the natal control of women of color in the United States, and the current climate around reproductive rights at the state and federal level
  • Factors affecting abortion access within the Latina community
  • Organizing and Community Mobilizing
  • How to advocate for reproductive justice
  • Development of Leadership
  • The construction of a movement of Latinas in favor of reproductive justice

Frequently asked questions and answers

1. What if I can only attend part of the training?

We only have a limited number of slots and we want to make sure that everyone who is selected can participate in the entire training. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate activists who cannot fully commit to participate in the entire training.

2. I have never been active on reproductive rights issues; can I still apply?

This training is for Latinas of all backgrounds and experiences. During the training we will devote an entire session to the history of the reproductive rights movement as well as provide participants with reading material and resources.

3. How much does the LOLA Regional Training cost?

There is no charge for participating in this training. In addition, NLIRH will cover lodging and travel expenses.

4. What is the application process?

Submit the completed application and if desired, send your resume with “Regional LOLA Training: (your name) Resume” in subject line to Angy at Angy@latinainstitute.org. After we review your application we will schedule a short interview with the top candidates.

5. Who can apply?

Anyone can apply!

*Preference will be given to applicants ages 18-30, but all over 18 will be considered.

E-LOLA's

Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy (e-LOLA) Training

Our e-LOLA is an initiative at the NLIRH designed to accommodate to the lives of busy young women by allowing them access to the materials presented at the traditional, rigorous 3 day LOLA trainings.

After the training, e-LOLA graduates will receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • An invitation to NLIRH’s larger network of Latina advocates through our Alumni Network, with priority access to cafecitos, future trainings and invitations to regional NLIRH events.

Frequently asked questions

 1. What if I can only attend part of the training?

 We only have a limited number of slots and we want to make sure that everyone who is selected can participate in every webinar session. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate participants that cannot attend all three sessions.

 2. I have never been active on reproductive rights issues; can I still apply?

 This training is for Latinas of all backgrounds and experiences. During the training we will devote an entire session to the history of the reproductive rights movement as well as provide participants with reading material and resources.

 3. How much does the e-LOLA cost?

 There is no charge for participating in the webinar sessions.

 4. What is the application process?

 Prior to the e-LOLA, participants must submit an application found here. After we review your application we will contact you with the webinar information.