Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

The primary objective of MALDEF’s CELD program is to promote the educational attainment and leadership advancement of Latinos through free community workshops across the nation. Our goal is to empower the Latino community so that we may more fully contribute to building a healthier, more equitable and more prosperous America.

For more information, please contact Gina Montoya, Chief Administrative Officer, at (213) 629-2512 x135.

Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program

Since 1989, MALDEF’s Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program has empowered parents and community leaders throughout the nation to become change agents in their communities. The PSP program provides them with the tools necessary to become effective advocates in improving their children’s educational attainment.

Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Thanks to the generosity and vision of Verizon, MALDEF together with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), and the Los Angeles Urban League created the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative (LADVPC), a cooperative alliance to raise domestic-violence awareness in our respective communities.

Civil Rights Education and Art Toward Empowerment (CREATE!)

The future of the Latino community depends on the education and success of our youth and their ability to create and fully participate in positive social change. MALDEF’s goal of reducing the high school drop-out rate, increasing college access and establishing a network of civic-minded and educated youth will help create a new generation of socially conscious Latino leadership.


The LIDER (Liderazgo Inmigrante de Desarrollo Educativo Responsable, or Immigrant Leadership for Responsible Education and Development) Program, was established in 2005 with participating Mexican and Central American Hometown Associations (HTA) to empower the Southern California Latino immigrant community through expert skill training.

Los Angeles Multicultural Education Collaborative

The Los Angeles Multicultural Educational Collaborative (LAMEC) is a BP-funded initiative to build community empowerment, and mobilization through parent and youth leadership training centered in K-12 academic success, college access and civic engagement.

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