What We Do

Community Base Building

The Latina Institute builds community power by investing in the leadership development and training of our activist base, the Poderosas. They are at the core of all we do. The Poderosa Mountain – the cornerstone of our base building efforts – embodies the path our activists take to step into their leadership, be it online activism or attending their first community education meeting, to the transformational reproductive justice and political education trainings we offer through our state networks in Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia.Our teams at the national and state level work together with the Poderosas to build power in Latina/x communities that extends beyond reproductive justice. We grow our base and help the Poderosas tap into their own power through leadership development, community education, and civic and voter engagement. 

Leadership development:  

  • We invest in leadership at all levels - those just beginning to stand in power, those ready to help build other leaders, and those ready to organize and activate communities with a movement-building lens.  

  • We create a space where community members can learn about our movement histories, uncover their own biases, and build a community of support.  

  • We educate on issues and provide resources to build on the skills of our activists, with trainings on public speaking, campaigning, and holding their elected officials accountable.  

Community education: 

  • We offer continuing education on key health and policy issues that impact Latinas/xs, their families, and their communities, as well as listening for the issues impacting their day-to-day lives that aren’t being heard. 

  • Our Poderosas lead community meetings and take part in health fairs and events to continually inform our communities. 

  • They host social gatherings and outreach events to raise awareness about the barriers to reproductive health Latinas/xs face.  

Civic and voter engagement: 

  • We carry out issue-based organizing and voter engagement efforts year-round. 

  • Our Poderosas canvass their neighborhoods to motivate Latina/x voters to engage at the ballot box to achieve equal access to reproductive health for our communities.  

  • We create opportunities for Poderosas – regardless of their im/migration status, ability to vote, or what language they speak – to take part in our democracy by informing the community about important issues and influencing public policy through calls and visits to their legislators.