The LLCEC is a week-long intensive college/career preparation and leadership development program designed for rising juniors and seniors in high school that takes place every summer in July with follow-up activities throughout the school year. Open to all, the LLCEC specializes in providing intentional support, resources and programing for Latinx, immigrant, and refugee first-generation college students. Students attend mock college classes and college/career planning sessions each day and engage in peer mentorship through “Familia” meetings and Nation Games during which discussion about important topics such as Creative Resistance, Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community, Gender Identity, Toxic Masculinity/Machismo, Healthy Relationships and Self-Care takes place. Each evening includes culturally responsive keynote speakers or performers. The camp provides a theme for each day connecting to the overall program goal of youth leadership and engagement in meaningful educational and career development.
The LLCEC also includes amazing social justice project classes that help particpants develop existing artistic skills or practice new ones while they learn about social justice movements and cultural organizing skills as a strategy for shifting consciousness. Through classes focusing on murals, zine making, beat production, sewing, knitting, poetry, podcast production, baile folclorico and mixtape making, the social justice courses are designed to connect creative outlets to the pursuit of social justice and supporting youth leadership through artistic expression. Additionally, the courses provide a space for students to learn self-care through the arts as a means to tell their stories, heal from past/current traumas, and empower self-affirmation through a completed production or a new skill rooted lifelong artistic development. At the end of the week, students have a clearer vision for who they are and who they want to become.
Funded by Louisville, KY (June 2018)