Monday, September 01, 2014
Latino institute emphasizes leadership, action and education | HeraldNet.com - Local news: LYNNWOOD — The Latino Educational Training Institute's programs are focused on empowerment through education.Rosario Reyes, president of the Lynnwood nonprofit, said the group works largely with Latino business owners and students. The organization is run by volunteers except for one part-time paid administrative assistant funded by United Way. The institute has started three new programs or events during the past two years. One is geared toward networking for business owners and two are focused on education for Latino youth.On the business end of things, the first Latino Expo took place at Edmonds Community College on Aug. 9, featuring music, art, dance and business showcases. The event started as a fair for Latino-owned microbusinesses in 1987, Reyes said. A recent partnership with United Way and the Mexican Consulate allowed them to expand the fair and create a more extensive local expo.“It embodies everything,” Reyes said. “Family, business, health.”Along with helping current and future business owners, the Latino Educational Training Institute aims to up high school graduation rates and make college possible for Latino youth.Two years ago, the organization started a Latino Leadership Initiative, which provides scholarships and mentoring to community college students in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. In return, the students complete community service projects of their own geared toward helping students in middle school and high school.