Norma Torres Mendoza
Norma developed curriculum for a Civic Engagement Boot Camp to create civically minded Latinos and Latinas in Houston, Texas. Their goal is to increase the Latino youth turnout for the 2016 Presidential Election in the short term. In the long term, their goal is to create a new generation of Latino/a leaders in Houston, Texas.
In the past year, Norma Torres Mendoza produced research on the effectiveness of the Emerging Latino Leaders Fellowship during its second cohort in several cities in Texas and California; through site visit observations, interviews and literature research with the goal to create civically minded Latinos and Latinas. One of the key findings was that the curricula used needed to be revisited and revised. In this project, Norma worked in conjunction with a team made up of a researcher from the University of Houston – Downtown, and an intern from Rice University assigned to work with ELLF, to review, revise and come up with the best ways to implement the new ELLF curricula. Pre and post assessments were developed for the week-long Civic Engagement Boot Camp. Their goal was to increase the Latino youth turnout for the 2016 presidential election in the short term. In the long term, their goal is to create a new generation of Latino/a leaders in Houston, Texas.