FUERTE Program $1000 Scholarship
Alderman Alicia M. Ruiz would like to honor her mother’s influence by awarding an annual scholarship to one early stage Latina leader who will commit to completing the FUERTE/Strong Leadership Program. Preference given to those who live in Berwyn or Little Village area.
Castle Teen Program - Career Readiness Retreat
Latinas on the Plaza is happy to announce the launch of the Castle Teen Program with a Career Readiness Retreat. This is for Girls of Color in High School (Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors). The lessons in this retreat include:
- Discover your Strengths
- Uncover your values
- Explore your purpose
- Reveal your Personality Type
- Challenge your limits
- Think Big
June 22 & 23 10am-5pm
June 24 10am-2pm
WHO WE ARE
Latinas On The Plaza became a 501-C-3 non-profit organization in 2015. Our focus is on accelerating the pathway to success for women of color. The pathway offers The Little Arrow (for ages 4 – 8), FUERTE (Growing Strong) Program (for ages 23-34) and ArcHer Leadership Program (for ages 35+).
Our experience shows that women of color including little girls thrive in environments of like-minded, age groups and culturally inviting learning environments. We have designed programs that cater to the needs of women of color who have chosen professional careers and/or entrepreneurship. We strengthen her leadership skills, Her life skills and Her soft skills. We believe there is a Leader in Her, and we strive to bring that Leader out.
In between the programs we offer workshops, virtual webinars, mastermind groups and retreats. We strive to maintain a supportive community during and post programs. We have a thriving Alumni Group(s) that enables our younger women to connect with our more seasoned women of color
Luz Canino-Baker is a proven business leader with experiences in the corporate and non-profit sectors. After a successful twenty-eight year banking career, Ms. Canino-Baker took her innovative leadership skills to the non-profit sector in February 2007. Ms. Canino-Baker spent the greater part of her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago/Bank One; now JPMorgan Chase. Ms. Canino-Baker has learned that she thrives in chaos and welcomes opportunities that allow her to use her strong analytical and organizational abilities.
Ms. Canino-Baker served as the Managing Director of Programs and Marketing for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, (HACE), in Chicago. She is the Founder of the now national Mujeres De HACE women’s leadership program.
Ms. Canino-Baker has a passion for seeing everyone perform at his or her full potential. As a result…
Leadership Mastery Institute
Helping girls and women of color reach their full potential. We Equip Her, we Empower Her, and we Engage her. We know that women have invaluable skills and when she is allowed to contribute, we will see the cycle of poverty end, the mindset of the imposter syndrome vanish, and she will become influential at work, at home, and in her community.
Little Arrows Squad
From Princess to Warrior
For little girls
Little Arrows I (ages 4-6),
Little Arrows II (First Graders) and
Little Arrows III (Second Graders).
Runs the school year
Fuerte (Growing Strong)
For young women of color
Rising women of color
Spring & Fall
“FUERTE has taught me to embrace myself and be more confident. To use my voice and tell my story, to be proud of my story and use it to inspire others.”
to Go Beyond!
Our programs empower Her to conquer Her limitations
to enable Her to reach Her full potential.
Thank you to our supporters