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Affiliate Digest for December 10, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ana Salazar

 

 

Affiliate Digest

December 10, 2019

 

Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,

 

Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly  newsletter that highlights events, updates, and

resources. We encourage you to share information on upcoming activities or 

 successes at your organization to include in the Digest.

This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events
Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) – Now Accepting Request for Proposals

As part of UnidosUS 2020 Empowerment Priorities and our ¡Adelante!: Moving Us Forward Campaign, UnidosUS is soliciting proposals for its Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) to provide support for nonpartisan voter registration and Get-Out-The-Vote to expand Latino electoral participation in 2020. LEAP grantees will work to close voter registration gaps in their communities by integrating non-partisan voter engagement activities into their existing programs from February through December 2020.

Due to funding availability, the program will focus on Affiliates and partners in California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Affiliates and partners in other states are invited to apply. Please note that funds are limited, and an invitation to apply does not guarantee funding. All applications must be received by January 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Organizations interested in submitting a request for funding can participate in a pre-application informational webinar on Wednesday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. EDTClick here to register for the webinar.

Will You Join Us for the Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange at MEDA in San Francisco? Registration is Open! 

At the 2019 Annual Conference, UnidosUS proudly presented the Affiliate of the Year Award to Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Please join us for a showcase of MEDA’s exemplary model at the UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange in January happening Thursday January 23 – 24, 2020. Join us to learn more about MEDA’s multifaceted approach to addressing housing needs in the Mission District of San Francisco and how their exemplary work as a housing developer, service provider, Community Development Financial Institution (CFDI) Lender, and advocate is transforming lives.

A limited amount of travel stipends for $600 are available to Affiliates whose organizations are in good standing with membership compliance (dues, recertification, and co-branding) and that are traveling outside of the Bay Area. Executive Directors or CEOs can renew their Affiliate dues right now at the UnidosUS Affiliate Portal.

 Reserve Your Spot Today!

Renew Your UnidosUS Membership: 2020 Dues Invoices Are Now LIVE

UnidosUS Affiliates are a powerful force for meaningful change in the Latino community and we are grateful for your continued partnership. Our partnership significantly moves the needle on issues relevant to our communities, and our unified voice will continue to defend and advance the interests of Latinos in 2020! To that end, we invite you to join us in these important efforts by renewing your UnidosUS membership today!

To access your 2020 dues invoice, make payment , and keep your membership up to date as an UnidosUS Affiliate, please log in to the Affiliate Portal. For any questions related to your membership, annual dues, or Affiliate Portal, please contact Laura Alfonso, Membership Specialist, at lalfonso@unidosus.org or 202.776.1758.

We count on your partnership and look forward to continuing our work together!


   

Opportunities and Resources

 

Early Bird Registration for the 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference Ends December 14, 2019

There is still an opportunity to take advantage of Early Bird prices to register for this year’s conference. Join us in Las Vegas for the nation’s largest gathering of its kind in the Latino community and the meeting ground for thousands of community leaders and activists; elected and appointed officials; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities; college students; and youth.

Register today to take advantage of the best registration deal available! From now until Saturday, December 14th, you can register for the 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference at the lowest discounted rate ($250 for Affiliates)! Learn more about how to plan your trip and book your hotel here.

Register by December 14th at 11:59 p.m. PST in order to take advantage of the early bird registration. You will need your Affiliate ID which you can find by following the instructions on the bottom left at Affiliates.UnidosUS.org or by contacting me.

Capital Funds Available Through Raza Development Fund
 

Raza Development Fund (RDF) has access to approximately $40 million of long-term (7 – 20 years) fixed rate capital to fund community development projects and facilities through the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Bond Guarantee Program (BGP) for projects that can close by September 2020, which can be used to either develop new projects or refinance existing ones. Eligible projects include charter schools, community health clinics, headquarter facilities, and affordable housing projects up to $10 million.

In addition, RDF has $15 million of eligible federal New Market Tax Credit authority for the development of similar projects for projects in underserved states which include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.  Please contact David Clower or Catherine Kes at RDF directly for additional information.   

Thank You for Joining the First Census 2020 Webinar Last Week
 

Last week the first in a series of Census 2020 webinars took place last week. We invite you to listen to the recording here. You can listen to the full webinar on this recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/4850469560959494146

Resources available webinar:

·         Here is the link for CUNY’s Census Bureau’s 2020 Contact Strategies Mapped (mentioned during webinar)

·         Census 2020 PowerPoint I

Second Census 2020 Webinar: Join Us for Let’s Get Counted! Using Innovative Technology to Maximize the Census Count
 

Are you ready for Census 2020? UnidosUS’s Census 2020 webinars are designed to help our Affiliates and partners maximize the Latino count and reach our hardest-to-count populations!

 Please join us on December 17th at 2:00PM (EST) for our second Census 2020 webinar where you will learn about:

·         Innovative ways to reach hard-to-count audiences and maximize on-line responses for Census 2020.

·         New, easily accessible technologies and digital tools that will enhance your Get Out the Count (GOTC) activities

·         Opportunities to connect and learn from other organizations across the country

 

Speakers will join from Census Open Innovation Labs, UnidosUS Affiliate Canal Alliance, and UnidosUS. Register today!

Join Us in Washington DC for the UnidosUS Changemaker Summit in March 23 – 25, 2020
 

Registration is open for the UnidosUS Changemakers Summit! This March will bring together aspiring activists and community leaders who are committed to advocating for Latinos. After two days of learning and practicing advocacy skills in Washington, DC, the Summit ends with visits to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. In an encouraging and collaborative setting, policy experts shared updates on the latest issues affecting Latinos, and attendees left with a better understanding of how to advocate for the things that matter to you most.

UnidosUS Affiliate Leaders (CEO/Executive Directors, Affiliate Board Members, and/or Senior Staff) that register for the All-Inclusive registration and whose organizations are in good standing with membership compliance (dues, recertification, and co-branding) may be eligible for a travel stipend. Additionally, UnidosUS organizations may be able to access up to four stipends to bring participants registered for the Youth Session. Please check out the Affiliate Portal stipend page for instructions on requesting a stipend after completing registration.

Become a State Lead at the 2020 Changemaker Summit!
 

Affiliate representatives have the opportunity to serve as State Leads at the Changemakers Summit working with other members of their state's delegation to lead important meetings with legislative representatives. UnidosUS provides support including:

·         Virtual training via webinar to help you organize your state delegation.

·         UnidosUS issue briefings and resources to schedule your visits.

·         On site preparation at Changemakers summit to prepare participants for legislative visits.

 

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with folks from your delegations and elevate a unified voice on behalf of the Latino community!

When you register for the UnidosUS Changemaker Summit be sure that your registration includes the Policy and Community Action session, then select that you would like to serve as a State Lead. You can contact Ana Salazar asalazar@unidosus.org if you have questions.

To learn more go to this site: Become a State Lead!

 

Defend and Advance
Weekly Congressional and Legislative Outlook

 We invite you to check out this week’s Congressional and Legislative Outlook for December 9, 2019

Fight Back Against Proposed Increases to the Immigration Application Fees – Submit a Comment by December 16, 2019

The administration’s proposed new fee schedule would increase fees for some of the most commonly used immigration applications by our community, putting them out of reach for many low-income immigrants. We are encouraging affiliates to comment in opposition to the proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by December 16th. 

What: Proposed increases in immigration visa and naturalization fees through the federal register

Why: To suppress naturalization and legal immigration

How to help: Submit a public comment opposing the changes on behalf of your organization (or personally)

When: Comment deadline is Dec. 16

DIVERSIFY Act to Address Teacher Shortages
 

Nationally, there was a 26 percent decline in Latino teacher-candidates enrolling in teacher preparation programs. Latino’s low enrollment within the teacher pipeline widen the teacher diversity gap. Even though Latinos make up one in four public school students, only 9% of teachers are Latino. Research suggests that a demographic match between teachers and students improves academic outcomes, federal funds should focus increasing teacher workforce diversity.

 

The high cost of college and high levels of loan debt that students must take on in order to train to teach presents a barrier to a well-prepared and diverse teacher workforce. A majority (82%) of Latinos take out federal student loans for training programs, which are increasingly out of reach for low-income, first-generation students of color. One key federal lever for supporting our aspiring Latino teacher candidates is to increase the scholarship amount within TEACH Grant Program as a part of the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). This is the federal law that governs our nation’s postsecondary system.

Rep. Chuy García (D – 4th District of Illinois) plans to introduce the DIVERSIFY Act on Thursday. The bill will: (1) increase the maximum TEACH Grant award amount from $4,000 to $8,000 per year and (2) block the automatic yearly cuts to the grant award due to the Budget Control Act.

If your organization is interested in cosponsoring this bill please contact Lanette Garcia (lanette.garcia@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Chuy García’s office.

Additional Documents: Diversify Act, Teach Grant One Pager, Teach Grant Award Amounts

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