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Achieving Independence Through Language

Recently we used this blog space to begin a conversation about balancing the need to provide crucial services with the risk of creating dependency and complacency among the recipients of those free services. We want to ensure that through the services we provide, the Latino Leadership Council creates the independence, competency and pride necessary for community members to not only stand on their own two feet, but also lend a helping hand to those around them. That’s why I was so excited at our most recent community meeting, where students from our English as a Second Language (ESL) class attended to share with us their personal stories and show us how the free classes we offer have changed their lives. … Continue Reading →

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Creating a More Accessible Court

Recently, representatives from the Superior Court of California in Placer County visited our monthly Latino Leadership Council public meeting to talk about some of the challenges and opportunities they are facing in serving the Latino community. Their challenges, I imagine, are not unlike those faced by many other agencies up and down the state that are trying to figure out how to adapt their services to the State’s quickly evolving demographics. And while the County Superior Court has a lot of challenges ahead of them, we strongly commend them for reaching out to the community and seeking collaboration with the Latino Leadership Council and our partners in figuring out how to best address these needs. … Continue Reading →

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Lost in Translation: Kids as Translators have so Much to Lose

Go to any bank, clinic, school or grocery store in California and you’ll run into this more often than not—kids translating for their non-English-speaking parents. While it may seem a benign gesture for kids to step in and help their parents ask where a certain food item is located in the grocery store, the practice has far-reaching implications that are often overlooked for the sake of convenience. … Continue Reading →

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