Norma Torres Mendoza
Norma developed curriculum for a Civic Engagement Boot Camp to create civically minded Latinos and Latinas in Houston, Texas. In the short term, their goal is to increase the Latino youth turnout for the 2016 Presidential Election, and 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 researched 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. One of the key findings was that the curricula that was used needed to be revisited and revised. In this project, Norma worked in conjunction with a University of Houston–Downtown researcher, and a Rice University intern 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.