The LEAP (Latino Equity, Advocacy & Policy) Institute is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization that works with communities to achieve economic, environmental and climate justice through leadership development, coalition building, community organizing, participatory action research and advocacy for racial justice.
We want to create a civil society infrastructure for a sustainable participatory democracy. Together, we can develop a culture of active civic participation, community accountability and social justice for a healthy, strong and vibrant California.
We engage communities to increase social justice awareness, strengthen grassroots leadership for the empowerment of Latinos, immigrants, farmworkers and youth to achieve environmentally sustainable justice while improving the economy and community health.
Goals “How we get there!”
COMMUNITY — Create locally focused community partnerships between workforce, social, mental health providing organizations, community residents, environmental justice leaders and other entities, including governmental agencies to mitigate or eliminate local pollution and the impacts thereof.
HEALTH — Collaborate with agencies, organizations, other grassroots groups, policy makers and industry to advance the environmental health of all through the adoption of enforceable measures, alternative technologies, renewable energy, and innovative approaches.
ADVOCACY — Prevent accumulation of pollution sources in and around Latino communities through community-based campaigns to avoid the perpetuation of disproportionate impacts on the most vulnerable in society, the politically disenfranchised, the low-income and people of color.
LEADERSHIP — Develop leadership for a healthy popular participatory democracy in Latino communities. Build capacity from the individual to the regional via community action committees, networks and coalitions to effectively engage in land use, air quality & transportation planning and regional policy processes.
EMPOWERMENT — Build new leaders to become public representatives for their families, neighborhoods and communities at a local, regional and statewide level for economic, environmental and climate justice.