Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is LIPS?
Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS) is a leadership institute designed for Latinas, by Latinas. The program is open to youth 16-21 years old in the Denver metro area, and engages participants in a vibrant community of activists.
LIPS mentors the next generation of Latina leaders to promote the advancement of the Latino community and advocate for reproductive justice issues. Our programs serve as entry points for young Latinas to become engaged with organizing and advocacy.
2. What should I expect from LIPS?
“LIPS gave me a foundation of knowledge and introduced me to key people that shared opportunities [with] me, which allowed me to navigate the Denver political field and become more involved in activities that interested me.” — LIPS alumna
Latinas Increasing Political Strength is an immersive program which requires commitment but promises many rewards! One of the most exciting things about LIPS is taking a trip to Washington D.C. together, but getting there means earning it!
The term involves:
attending 7, 4hr learning sessions + homework
attending 3-5 special events and volunteer opportunities
one-on-ones with a mentor
3 day trip to Washington D.C.
While the program is rigorous, we recognize that LIPS participants may be taking on many responsibilities such as going to school, working and/or parenting. PLEASE let us know if you have any questions about how LIPS can accommodate your particular situation since we aim to keep the program accessible.
3. Is LIPS free? Will I need to buy supplies?
COLOR is committed to keeping LIPS accessible, so there is no up-front cost to attending LIPS. However, during the program we ask that each participant commit to fundraising $150-250 from their community and to donate a home-cooked dish to serve at the fundraiser event. Ample support will be given throughout the program to ensure participants have the tools they need to succeed at this task.
A few mandatory and some of the optional events require “business casual” attire and supportive, comfortable dress shoes. Heels are not allowed because we are on our feet and on the move and cannot always stop to rest or nurse blisters. We do not expect people to spend a lot of money, but a small investment in a few modest items makes sense in the long run as students prepare to enter the professional world.
Basic supplies are provided by the program, but sometimes students want to go above and beyond in some way and may need to purchase materials. Sometimes, depending on funding, we are able to reimburse for additional supplies, but not always.
4. What do LIPS participants learn? How?
The LIPS program offers educational and developmental tools that are culturally-relevant, community-centered, and necessary for true community empowerment. This core curriculum is also enriched by contributions from our community of activists to keep it connected to what is going on at any given time.
LIPS participants learn about reproductive justice, intersectional feminism, the role of governments & politicians, campaign building, lobbying, fundraising, communications, public speaking, and networking. Classes are a mix of highly interactive lessons, hands-on workshops, and project-based learning assignments. Participation in COLOR events and volunteering provides opportunities for “learning by doing,” and the mentorship program provides a venue for learning vicariously.
LIPS ALUMNAE TALK BACK:
What is the value of LIPS to you?
~ The program expanded my “comfort zone.” ~
~ It was an “impactful and meaningful” experience. ~
5. What about mentorship?
At COLOR, we think of mentorship as a key way to build a thriving leadership pipeline and believe that mentorship serves both individuals by providing new opportunities for personal development. Participants are linked with a mentor who assists in guiding their development and involvement in the community. Mentors attend events, share their experiences, assist with the participants projects, and provide support in any way possible for the LIPS participant to be successful.
6. How do I apply?
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (303) 393-0382 and let us know you are interested!
- Prepare application materials.
- Fill out the appropriate application form.
- Submit application form and all related materials by deadline.